West Seattle Saturday: Holiday open houses; donation drives; more

November 22, 2014 at 6:39 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

(Photo by Long B. Nguyen: Luna/Anchor Park, Don Armeni, & Hamilton Viewpoint all visible)
The weekend before Thanksgiving is the full-on kickoff for the holidays, and today’s slate of highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar won’t disappoint:

TURKEY GIVEAWAY: From 9 am until supplies run out, Eastridge Church is again giving away turkeys and bags of groceries to anyone who shows up – no proof of need required. (39th/Oregon)

SOUTHEAST ASIAN EDUCATION SUMMIT: 9 am-4 pm at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor), presented by Southeast Asian/American Access in Education – free to attend; details in our calendar listing. (6000 16th SW)

LONGFELLOW CREEK SALMON WALK: 10 am, meet Puget Soundkeeper Alliance stewards at Dragonfly Pavilion to embark on an exploration of Longfellow Creek, learning about its salmon, as previewed in this WSB report. (28th/Dakota)

J.F. HENRY OPEN HOUSE, DAY 1: 10 am-6 pm, first day of the big Holiday Open House at J.F. Henry Cooking and Dining (WSB sponsor) in The Junction. Deals, demonstrations, treats, more – see who and what will be there and when, by going here. (4445 California SW)

JUNCTION TRUE VALUE OPEN HOUSE: 10 am-2 pm, the big holiday open house at Junction True Value (WSB sponsor)! Refreshments, gifts, prizes. Coupon for ornaments, good Saturday/Sunday. Bring nonperishable food donations for the West Seattle Food Bank! (4747 44th SW)

GREAT BIG BAZAAR: 10 am-3 pm, first day of the Great Big Bazaar at Peace Lutheran Church in Gatewood – details in our calendar listing. (39th/Thistle)

NORTHWEST ART & FRAME OPEN HOUSE: 10 am-5:30 pm, including demonstrations, refreshments, specials. (4733 California SW)

BHHSNWS FOOD DRIVE: 10 am-2 pm at West Seattle Thriftway, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services NorthWest (which like WST is a WSB sponsor) is collecting food for the West Seattle Food Bank. (California/Fauntleroy)

WHITE CENTER FOOD BANK HOLIDAY FOOD DONATIONS:11 am-2 pm, drop off turkeys (or cash) at the WC Food Bank‘s headquarters. (10829 8th SW)

CLOTHING-DONATION DROPOFFS AT VIETNAMESE CULTURAL CENTER: Again this year, West Seattle’s Vietnamese Cultural Center is going to spend Thanksgiving helping homeless people, and they’d love to have your help, via donations of clothing/socks/etc. You can drop the items off today (and/or tomorrow), 11 am-5 pm, at the center. (2236 SW Orchard)

FREE LUNCH AT WSPC: Hungry? Chilly? Just need some good company? Noon-1:30 pm, you’re welcome to come have lunch, free, at West Side Presbyterian Church. (3601 California SW)

KITTY HARBOR ‘PRE-BLACK FRIDAY DOORBUSTERS‘: Noon-5 pm, pre-holiday cat/kitten adoption specials at Kitty Harbor, as detailed here. (3422 Harbor SW)

WEST SEATTLE FOOD BANK TURKEY DRIVE: 1-4 pm, drop off turkeys (or cash) at the WS Food Bank‘s headquarters. (35th/Morgan)

TEA WITH GEORGIE: She’s a comic, a musician, a writer, a rabblerouser … Don’t miss the chance to spend the afternoon in the company of West Seattle’s one-of-a-kind Georgie Bright Kunkel, 3 pm at Kenyon Hall. (7904 35th SW)

ARTS & CRAFTS SALE PLUS CRECHE EXHIBIT: 3-5 pm, first of two days at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church‘s newly expanded annual event – handmade holiday items for sale, plus a chance to see an exhibit of creches. (California/Hanford)

BEER CHURCH’S TURKEY BOWL: 5:30 pm at West Seattle Bowl. The lanes are sold out but you are invited to come down, cheer the Beer Church and its bowlers, have a brew, buy a raffle ticket, and most importantly, bring food (and/or money!) for the West Seattle Food Bank, which gets a big boost from this every year – and this is the 16th annual edition! (39th/Oregon)

WEST SEATTLE COMMUNITY ORCHESTRAS’ GALA: As previewed here earlier this week, tonight is the night to celebrate with the West Seattle Community Orchestras at Highland Park Improvement Club, and help them support student music! Doors open at 6; we’re told there’s still room. (12th/Holden)

FLOURISH BEAUTY SHOPPING EVENT & DONATION DRIVE: 6-9 pm, with local vendors plus raffle/donation drive for West Seattle Helpline – details in our calendar listing. (Fauntleroy/Raymond)

THE BURNZ AT EASY STREET: 7 pm, free all-ages in-store concert with Seattle’s own The Burnz at Easy Street Records in The Junction. (California/Alaska)

‘DOGFIGHT,’ FINAL NIGHT: 7:30 pm, closing night for the musical “Dogfight” at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor) in The Junction. (4711 California SW)

SOUTHWEST TEEN LIFE CENTER LATE-NIGHT THANKSGIVING: 8 pm, ages 13-19 get to celebrate early with a full Thanksgiving dinner at Southwest TLC. (2801 SW Thistle)

ALL THAT, BUT STILL … there’s more! Go directly to our calendar to see for yourself.

West Seattle Friday: Wine; movies; music; theater; school benefits

November 21, 2014 at 10:01 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

(Varied thrush, photographed in Lincoln Park by Trileigh Tucker)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar for today/tonight:

BOOKFAIR TODAY/TONIGHT TO BENEFIT ROXHILL ELEMENTARY: As explained here earlier this week, all day, a percentage of purchases at Barnes/Noble (in store or online) will go to Roxhill Elementary if you mention it’s their Bookfair day (see the voucher # in our story) – plus, special in-store readings at the Westwood Village store tonight. (2600 SW Barton)

FALL WINE RELEASE … at the Northwest Wine Academy on the north end of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus, including complimentary tastings. Second of three days, 2-7 pm – more info in our calendar listing. (6000 16th SW)

JAZZ AT SALTY’S: Tonight’s music slate starts at 5 pm at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor) with the New Orleans jazz sounds of the Dave Holo Trio. (1936 Harbor SW)

MORE MUSIC TONIGHT … various venues, go directly to the calendar!

REACHING FOR THE STARS: West Seattle High School‘s annual auction is tonight at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) – see our calendar listing for details – 5:30-8:30 pm. (6000 16th SW)

HPIC MOVIE NIGHT – SPECIAL EARLY START! This time around at Highland Park Improvement Club, doors open at 6, kids’ short film (think Peanuts and Thanksgiving!) at 6:15, main feature at 7 (see our calendar listing for description). Movie’s free, chairs available (or BYO pillows/blankets), concessions available for purchase. (12th/Holden)

‘DOGFIGHT’ AT ARTSWEST: 7:30 pm, this “romantic and heartbreaking story,” a musical based on a 1991 film, continues at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor) in The Junction – final weekend! (4711 California SW)

‘GATHERING BONES’: Performance at Twilight Gallery in The Junction, 8 pm (doors open at 7), details in our calendar listing – check to see if tickets are still available, as space is limited. (4306 SW Alaska)

West Seattle Thursday: Native Culture Night; Design Review; Morgan Junction zoning change; Alki Community Council…

November 20, 2014 at 9:04 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Photo by Jordan, shared via the WSB Flickr group)
Just a sampling of what’s on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar for today/tonight:

PRESCHOOL STORY TIMEat Southwest Branch Library, 10:30 am. (35th/Henderson)

FALL WINE RELEASE … at the Northwest Wine Academy on the north end of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus, including complimentary tastings. First day today, 2-7 pm – more info in our calendar listing. (6000 16th SW)

MEDICAL MARIJUANA & HOW THE CITY DEALS WITH IT: 5 pm tonight is the symposium mentioned here earlier this month – not in West Seattle, but possibly of interest given the number of dispensaries here. City Hall downtown. (600 4th Ave.)

NATIVE CULTURE NIGHT: 5:30-7:30 pm, you’re invited to this event at Highland Park Elementary School:

The Highland Park Community Pow Wow Association is hosting Native Culture Night on Thursday, November 20th from 5:30-7:30 pm at Highland Park Elementary School! There will be traditional drumming, storytelling, a silent auction featuring authentic native artwork and crafts, and delicious cultural foods for sale. This event is open to the whole community. Funds raised will go towards the 2nd Annual Traditional Mini Pow Wow hosted at Highland Park Elementary on March 20th.

HPES is at 1012 SW Trenton.

INFORMATION NIGHT AND EXHIBITION OF LEARNING: Families interested in Westside School (WSB sponsor)’s middle-school program are invited to visit tonight for an information session at 6 pm in the school library, followed by the Exhibition of Learning throughout the school. Details in our calendar listing. (7740 34th SW)

FLY FISHING IN PUGET SOUND: Free seminar, 6-8 pm at Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor) in The Junction. Please RSVP; details in our calendar listing. (42nd/Oregon)

4TH DESIGN REVIEW BOARD MEETING FOR EX-CAFE SITE: The 27-unit proposal for 3824 California SW, former site of the Charlestown Café, returns to the Southwest Design Review Board – which hasn’t met in more than two months – tonight at 6:30 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle. This could be the final meeting, if the board gives its approval. See the revised design here. (Oregon/California)

LIVE IN THE MORGAN JUNCTION AREA? Tonight a special community meeting looks at how to change the area’s Comprehensive Plan to allow the proposed townhouse development on Church of the Nazarene property. That would be a zoning change for what’s currently a single-family-housing site, and community discussion is sought on how to word the change so it’s very specific to this project. 7 pm at The Kenney (WSB sponsor); details in our calendar listing. (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW)

ALKI COMMUNITY COUNCIL ANNUAL MEETING: 7 pm at Alki UCC. If you only make it to one ACC meeting a year, make it this one. Scheduled topics include Water Taxi shuttle, growth of summer beach volleyball, and 2015 board/officers election. (6115 SW Hinds)

AND THERE’S MORE … on our calendar.

West Seattle Wednesday: Food drives; affordable housing; Words West; Delridge District Council; comedy; dessert; more…

November 19, 2014 at 11:02 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

(Remember the sunshine? Winter beach volleyball photographed last weekend by Don Brubeck)
Not far from that sandy scene, we start today’s list of highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

MARINATION’S ‘FREE TACO’ FOOD DRIVE: Bring a nonperishable food item to Marination ma kai (WSB sponsor) at Seacrest today for the Food Lifeline drive, and you’ll get a free taco, as previewed here. MMK is open now, and doesn’t close until 8 pm. The food drive continues beyond today, but this is the ONE day for this tasty incentive. (1660 Harbor SW)

TURKEY DRIVE: 4-7 pm today, donate a turkey (or money for one) to the West Seattle Food Bank at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) – as previewed here. (California/Fauntleroy)

AFFORDABLE, LIVABLE HOUSING IN SEATTLE: How do you think the city can help make sure there IS some, maybe even more? Your chance to have a say and get involved is tonight – not IN West Seattle, but it’s as close as this round of meetings will get – 6 to 8:30 pm at the Ethiopian Community Center. Lots of details here. (8323 Rainier Ave. S. – map)

PALEO DESSERT PARTY: 6-8 pm at X Gym Alki (WSB sponsor), as explained in our calendar listing. Chocolate! Among other things. (3213 Harbor SW)

GORE-TEX GROUP RUN: Try new stuff out and get your (3- or 6-mile) run on! 6:30 pm, meet at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), details here. (3727 California SW)

DELRIDGE NEIGHBORHOODS DISTRICT COUNCIL: 7 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, with the agenda including guest Israel Vela, executive director of Southwest-region schools for Seattle Public Schools, and a followup discussion on the proposed Neighborhood Matching Fund changes. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

WORDS WEST LITERARY SERIES: 7 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), featuring Kate Lebo and Molly Wizenberg, with Delridge Grocery reading the “favorite poem.” Details in our calendar listing. (5612 California SW)

LAUGH IT OFF: Midweek and you need a reason to laugh. You’ll find many reasons tonight at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), with West Seattle’s own Mona Concepcion hosting Comedy Night featuring Mitch Burrow, Evelyn Jensen, Matt Eriksen, Mike Coletta, Nick Decktor, 8 pm. (6451 California SW)

MORE … on the calendar!

West Seattle Tuesday: ‘Hack Night’; Junction Neighborhood Organization; Crime Prevention Council…

November 18, 2014 at 10:41 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 8 Comments

Thanks to Mark Wangerin (of benefit calendar fame!) for that photo of a surf scoter in local waters! Wading into our calendar highlights for tonight:

WEST SEATTLE HACK NIGHT: 6:30 pm at WS Office Junction (WSB sponsor), as previewed here on Monday. Register if you’re thinking of going – our calendar listing shows how – so they know who to expect! (6040 California SW)

JUNCTION NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATION: 6:30 pm, Senior Center of West Seattle. “Let’s ring in the season with a lively discussion of what JuNO has accomplished to date and what we can accomplish in the coming year. This would be a good meeting to invite a neighbor that has not yet been to a JuNO meeting,” suggests director René Commons, also asking attendees to bring a treat to share and a donation for the West Seattle Food Bank. (Oregon/California)

HOPE LUTHERAN SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: 6:30-8 pm, all-school open house for Hope Lutheran, which serves preschool-8th grade. (42nd/Oregon)

WEST SEATTLE CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL: No special guests on the agenda tonight – bring your concerns and ideas, and hear about crime trends in Q/A with local police leadership. 6:30 pm at the Southwest Precinct. (Webster/Delridge)

ALAUDA BELLY-DANCE SHOWCASE: 7:30 pm, free, all ages, Skylark Café. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

BLUES TO DO: Vicki Stevens and Sonny Hess headline the weekly blues showcase at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), 8 pm. (6451 California SW)

OR, IF YOU WANT TO DO THE SINGING … two venues with karaoke are on our nightlife slate for tonight; see them (and more) by going directly to our calendar!

See what’s up for the rest of your West Seattle Monday

November 17, 2014 at 11:01 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 3 Comments

(Looking south along 35th SW, by Long B. Nguyen – click image to see larger view)
As we wing into a new week … calendar (etc.) highlights:

AFTERNOON BOOK GROUP AT SW LIBRARY: Love to read? Local libraries convene afternoon/evening book groups now and then. 2 pm today at Southwest Branch Library, this month’s afternoon group is reading Rat Girl” by Kristin Hersh. (35th/Henderson)

THANKSGIVING COOKING CLASS AT SALTY’S ON ALKI: Check ASAP to see if there’s room left – in any of the three sessions, starting with tonight at 6 pm, featuring Salty’s (WSB sponsor) Chef Jeremy McLachlan – details in our calendar listing. (1936 Harbor SW)

SPEAKING OF COOKING … voted for Carmen yet? We told her story over the weekend – she’s a local fourth-grader and the only national finalist from the Northwest in a cooking contest for kids. Find the link to her recipe video and voting page here (you can do it daily, until just before Thanksgiving, and there are NO requirements – no signups, registration, social-media shares, etc.).

TRIVIA, TRIVIA, TRIVIA: Monday’s the night to show what you know – at multiple West Seattle venues, including Christo’s, OutWest, Shadowland, and Skylark. Go directly to our calendar

Six options for your sunny West Seattle Sunday

November 16, 2014 at 9:24 am | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Alki Beach promenade’s west end, by Laura Goodrich, shared via WSB Flickr group)
Happy Sunday! Some of what’s on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar for today:

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, every Sunday of the year. (44th/Alaska)

FAUNTLEROY FINE ART AND GIFT FAIR: 11 am-2 pm, final chance to shop this elegant sale at Fauntleroy Church. (9140 California SW)

WEST SEATTLE SIP & SHOP: 2-5 pm at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church – details and vendors in our calendar listing. (California/Hanford)

‘CURIOUS SAVAGE’ AT SLHS: 2:30 pm, the final performance of the Seattle Lutheran High School Drama Club presentation of “The Curious Savage,” in the school gym – details in our calendar listing. (4100 SW Genesee)

FAMILY MUSIC CONCERT WITH CHARLIE HOPE: 4 pm at Westside Unitarian Universalist Church in Gatewood – find out more about Charlie here; suggested donation and other details in our calendar listing. (California/Othello)

SEATTLE GREEN SPACES COALITION: Can’t make all those evening community meetings? Here’s one in the heart of Sunday afternoon. Come find out the latest about the campaign to keep city-owned properties (such as former West Seattle substations) as open space. 2:45 pm, High Point Branch Library. (35th/Raymond)

AND OF COURSE THERE’S MORE … if you take a minute to browse the full calendar page for today.

West Seattle Saturday: Gathering of Neighbors, holiday art sale & bazaars, SWSHS meeting, more

November 15, 2014 at 8:01 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Duwamish River, photographed by Don Brubeck, shared via the WSB Flickr group)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Help Women’s Enterprises International, a Seattle-based nonprofit that helps groups in Kenya working on clean water for families there, by having breakfast 8:30 am-11:30 am at West Side Presbyterian – details in our calendar listing. (3601 California SW)

GATHERING OF NEIGHBORS: 9 am-1 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, connect with people and issues shaping the present and future on the peninsula. But you don’t have to be there for the entire four hours – the 10 am-11 am sessions (your choice) on public safety, transportation, land use, and “getting connected” are at the heart of it, as explained here and on the official flyer:

Free. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

EXPLORER WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: 10 am-11:30 am, prospective students and their families are invited to visit Explorer West MS (WSB sponsor) for an interactive tour and to try out activities. Details in our calendar listing. (10015 28th SW)

HIGHLAND PARK IMPROVEMENT CLUB HOLIDAY BAZAAR: 10 am-3 pm, go see what local creations you might find at HPIC‘s one-day-only holiday bazaar. (12th/Holden)

FAUNTLEROY CHURCH FINE ART AND GIFT FAIR: 10 am-4 pm, second of two days for the art-and-gift extravaganza at Fauntleroy Church. (9140 California SW)

FAUNTLEROY SCHOOLHOUSE HOLIDAY BAZAAR: Right across the street, also 10 am-4 pm, the second annual holiday bazaar at the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse. (9131 California SW)

HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S ANNUAL MEETING: From Southwest Seattle Historical Society executive director Clay Eals:

Two inspiring figures in the history of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society will be celebrated at the organization’s 30th anniversary Annual Meeting. The event runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon today at the Southwest branch of Seattle Public Library, 9010 35th SW. Refreshments will be served.

The organization will honor the memory of art teacher Joan Bailey Mraz, co-founder of the historical society with Elliott Couden in 1984, and of newspaper publisher Jerry Robinson, who served as a founding board member. Also on the agenda will be the election of officers and new board members for 2015, along with changes in the organization’s bylaws. Members are encouraged to attend, and the public is welcome.

LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO COOK THANKSGIVING DINNER? Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor) is one of your options, and it’s offering you the chance to taste the turkey and fixins during a “Taste” event 4 pm-7 pm. (41st/42nd/Admiral)

ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT: Theater, music, more – see the individual listings here.

West Seattle Friday: Theater x 3; lots of music; Highland Park movie; Fauntleroy Fine Art/Gift Fair…

November 14, 2014 at 9:58 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 2 Comments

(Gull photographed at Lowman Beach by Trileigh Tucker)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar (which you can browse to find even more options):

JULIAN CASABLANCAS & THE VOIDZ: 4 pm at Easy Street Records, Julian Casablancas – also known as lead singer of The Strokes – will sign copies of his new album with The Voidz, “Tyranny.” Full details on the ESR website. (California/Alaska)

FAUNTLEROY FINE ART AND HOLIDAY GIFT FAIR OPENS: This weekend-long event at Fauntleroy Church starts tonight, 5-8 pm, and continues through the weekend. (9140 California SW)

(Thursday night sunset glow from Alki, by John Hinkey)
TONIGHT’S MUSIC: Dave Holo Trio, 5 pm at Salty’s on Alki; Laura Bermes, 7 pm at C & P Coffee; Michele d’Amour & The Love Dealers, 9 pm at Feedback Lounge (that & prior 2 venues are WSB sponsors); W Lovers, Sightseer, In Cahoots, 9 pm at Benbow Room. (Addresses/maps in individual calendar listings)

MOVIE NIGHT AT HIGHLAND PARK ELEMENTARY: First movie night of the year, “The Lego Movie.” Doors open 6, movie at 6:30 – free, with concessions available for purchase. (1012 SW Trenton)

JAZZ CONCERT AT SEALTH: After a day of workshops with nationally renowned jazz educators Ron and Bryan Carter, at 7:30 pm, they will perform with the jazz bands from Chief Sealth International HS, Interlake HS, and Denny International Middle School, in the CSIHS Auditorium. (2600 SW Thistle)

‘CURIOUS SAVAGE’ AT SLHS: 7:30 pm, the first of two performances of the Seattle Lutheran High School Drama Club presentation of “The Curious Savage,” in the school gym – details in our calendar listing. (4100 SW Genesee)

FINAL PERFORMANCE OF ‘ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN’ AT WSHS: 7:30 pm, the West Seattle High School Drama Club‘s two-weekend run of Tom Stoppard‘s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” concludes, in the school theater – details in our calendar listing. (3000 California SW)

‘DOGFIGHT’ AT ARTSWEST: 7:30 pm, this “romantic and heartbreaking story,” a musical based on a 1991 film, continues at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor) in The Junction. (4711 California SW)

Art Walk, anniversaries, and more for your West Seattle Thursday

November 13, 2014 at 11:16 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 2 Comments

There’s your walking map/venue list for the West Seattle Art Walk‘s November edition tonight, 6-9 pm – click the image and you’ll get an even-bigger version. WS Art Walk leads off our list of highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar. A few Art Walk highlights, from the official website:

CHRIS BALLEW & KATE ENDLE @ CAPERS: West Seattle’s husband-and-wife, rock ‘n’ roller/artist duo will be at CAPERS in The Junction showing their “Eclectic Whimsy” work. (4525 California SW)

(added) ALSO AT CAPERS – WEST SEATTLE WILDLIFE CALENDAR: We’ve told you before about Mark Wangerin‘s calendar with wonderful WS wildlife images (we showcase his work here often and are grateful to be able to), being sold as a benefit for programs/students at Chief Sealth IHS, where he used to teach. He says Sealth students will be at CAPERS tonight too, selling it.

GROUP SHOW AT TWILIGHT: The gallery just west of California/Alaska features “Our Daily Armor.” The description includes: “Evidence in history, anthropology, art, and mythology of women as warriors, knights, soldiers, heroes, protectors also exist as stories, remembered by those who want to remember.”

OTHER PREVIEWS … please check out the official site! And a shoutout to WSB sponsors with artists tonight (click their names for the previews on the WSAW website) – Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW), Wallflower Custom Framing (4735 42nd SW), West Seattle Office Junction (6040 California SW).

Also today/tonight:

DENNY PARTY ANNIVERSARY: Historical datapoint … the Denny Party landed on Alki, 163 years ago today. HistoryLink tells the tale.

SALUTE TO VETERANS LUNCH: If you’re a veteran, you get in free, 11:45 am at the Senior Center of West Seattle, including entertainment – full details here, including how to RSVP ASAP to see if there’s still room! (Oregon/California)

CRUISE ALASKA WITH SWSHS AND DUKE: As announced at last Saturday’s Southwest Seattle Historical Society gala (WSB coverage here), you’re invited to join SWSHS and restaurateur Duke Moscrip on the Alaska Totem Pole Cruise next year. First informational meeting about it is 3-5 pm at the Log House Museum. (61st/Stevens)

HAPPY 3RD ANNIVERSARY, OLIVIA’S! Today marks the third anniversary of Olivia’s Consignment 4 Kids in The Junction, and you’re invited to the party, 4-9 pm, including refreshments. (4140 California SW)

BREAD-BAKING WORKSHOP: 5:30 pm-8 pm at Delridge Community Center – details (call quick to see if there’s still room!) in our calendar listing. (4501 Delridge Way SW)

WINE TASTING AND MUSIC: 7 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) – details in our calendar listing. (5612 California SW)

STILL MORE … on our calendar, including theater at West Seattle High School and ArtsWest (WSB sponsor) – go browse!

West Seattle Wednesday: Half-dozen highlights for tonight

November 12, 2014 at 10:30 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 2 Comments

(West Seattle’s fall colors continue: Photo shared by TW)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

WEST SEATTLE SENIOR CENTER BOARD: As mentioned during last night’s “town hall” meetings for community comment on the center’s future (WSB coverage here), its board meets at 5:30 pm tonight. Open to all. (Oregon/California)

SERVED? SERVING? American Legion Post 160‘s monthly meetings are open to those who have served or are serving in the armed forces. 6 pm; details in our calendar listing. (3618 SW Alaska)

HARBOR SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE, WITH SPECIAL INVITATION TO WEST SEATTLEITES: 7 pm, Harbor School (WSB sponsor) on Vashon Island, for 4th-8th graders, has another open house with a special invitation to West Seattleites – they’ll send a shuttle to the ferry dock for you *if* you RSVP ASAP – by phone at 206-567-5955 or by email at admissions@harborschool.org – details in our calendar listing. (15920 Vashon Highway SW)

34TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS: 7 pm at The Hall at Fauntleroy, with an agenda including this area’s three state legislators looking ahead to the upcoming session; more agenda details on the 34th Dems’ website. (9131 California SW)

WSHS DRAMA CLUB PRODUCTION: 7:30 pm at the West Seattle High School Theater, your third-to-last chance to catch “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.” Details in our calendar listing. (3000 California SW)

‘DOGFIGHT’ AT ARTSWEST: Haven’t seen the musical (a Seattle premiere!) at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor) yet? This week’s run starts tonight, 7:30 pm. (4711 California SW)

MORE OPTIONS! Our calendar has much more for today/tonight/beyond – one click away.

West Seattle Tuesday: Veterans Day; Senior Center ‘should we stay or should we go?’ town halls; WS Transportation Coalition; Admiral, Fauntleroy councils…

November 11, 2014 at 10:19 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

Thanks to Mark Wangerin for sharing that photo in honor of Veterans Day, and all those who have served and are serving. He took it yesterday from West Seattle. We believe it’s a U.S. Navy vessel that itself is about to become a “veteran” – the USS Ingraham, which will be decommissioned tomorrow.

Meantime, looking ahead to today in West Seattle – we’ve included holiday notes in our daily traffic watch; no specific Veterans Day commemorations that we have word of, but here are major events that ARE happening:

SENIOR CENTER ‘SHOULD WE STAY OR SHOULD WE GO’ TOWN HALL MEETINGS: In two sessions (attend either one or both) at 3 and 5:30 pm today, the Senior Center of West Seattle‘s board is looking for community guidance on its future – become a “program” of the nonprofit Senior Services, or go independent. Backstory here if you haven’t been following developments as reported here on WSB in the past few months. (California/Oregon)

MARATHON INFO NIGHT, WITH DISCOUNTS: Interested in the Seattle Marathon/Half Marathon coming up November 30th? 6:30-8:30 pm, drop by West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) for a special Information Night, including discounted registration, and in-store merchandise discounts for attendees. (California/Charlestown)

WEST SEATTLE TRANSPORTATION COALITION: 6:30 pm at Neighborhood House‘s High Point Center, join the WSTC for a wide-ranging meeting including what’s next now that transit-funding Prop 1 has passed. Full agenda details on the WSTC website. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)

WEST SEATTLE SEE DOGS: Find out what it’s like to train a guide puppy, and consider volunteering to do it! First step, check out the next WSSD meeting tonight, 6:30 pm, The Kenney (WSB sponsor) – more in our calendar listing. (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW)

ADMIRAL NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: 7 pm at The Sanctuary, featuring an update from the Seattle Green Spaces Coalition and election of 2015 leadership. (42nd/Lander)

FAUNTLEROY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: 7 pm board meeting, at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse. Topics are likely to include the traffic/transportation forum (WSB coverage here) held last Thursday. (9131 California SW)

ORCAS’ FUTURE: 7 pm tonight at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), The Whale Trail‘s next Orca Talk features Dawn Noren on the Southern Resident Killer Whales’ status, as previewed in our report on TWT’s previous event. Tickets = $5 suggested donation – at door if there’s room, or online. (5612 California SW)

AQUARIUM-PLANT, FISH, ANIMAL AUCTION: Members of the Greater Seattle Aquarium Society will be auctioning plants, fish, and aquarium animals starting at 7 tonight (doors open at 6) in the West Seattle Christian Church Activity Center. Details on the GSAS website. (4400 42nd SW)

SEE WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING … blues, bingo, storytelling, meditation … by browsing our calendar!

4 for today/tonight as your West Seattle Monday continues

November 10, 2014 at 12:44 pm | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 4 Comments

(Dawn redwood grove at Lincoln Park, by Mark Ahlness, shared via WSB Flickr group)

Before we get too much further into today – four highlights (and there’s even more on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar):

REGISTRATION AT SOUTH: First day for new students to register for winter quarter 2015 at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) – details online. (6000 16th SW)

HIGHLAND PARK ELEMENTARY PTA MEETING: Starts with dinner at 5:30, then the meeting 6-7:30 pm, in the cafeteria at HPES – child care available, all welcome. (1012 SW Trenton)

ROXHILL ELEMENTARY PTSA MEETING: 6 pm at Roxhill ES. (30th/Roxbury)

PRECINCT COMMANDER @ NORTH DELRIDGE MEETING: 6:30 pm, it’s the November meeting of the North Delridge Neighborhood Council. Preview, via Nancy Folsom:

*Captain Steve Wilske talking about the North Delridge Policing Plan and other crime/public safety issues. You might note that he was scheduled for last month on the same topic but was unable to come due to illness.

*Approval of the 2015 executive committee

*Follow up on DESC issues if needed

*Any open issues

NDNC meets at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

West Seattle Sunday: Today’s word is free! Including Veterans Day dinner for those who have served and are serving…

November 9, 2014 at 7:56 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 2 Comments

(Lincoln Park photo by Jeremiah Holt)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Year-round, rain or shine. 10 am-2 pm. (44th/Alaska)

OPEN HOUSE: Five holistic-health practitioners are having an open house in their newly open clinic, 10 am-2 pm, details here. (5400 California SW)

OPEN EARLY FOR GAME DAY: 11:30 am, Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) opens early with a Game Day menu for the Seahawks-Giants game, which will be on the big screen at 1:25 pm. (6451 California SW)

FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS: Not in WS but – two teams from the West Seattle-based SWAC Cougars are playing regional championship games – Pee Wees at 1 pm, 89ers at 3 pm, both vs. teams from the CD Panthers, both at French Field in Kent. Good luck! (10200 SE 256th, Kent)

FREE ORGAN CONCERT … also featuring flute, oboe, trumpet, piano and choir. 2 pm at Hope Lutheran Church. (42nd/Oregon)

‘SURVIVING THE HOLIDAYS’: Lost a loved one this year and dreading the approaching holidays? This GriefShare seminar at Grace Church might be able to help. Details in our calendar listing. 2 pm.

FREE CLASSICAL CONCERT: 3 pm, Ladies’ Musical Club at West Seattle (Admiral) Branch Library, featuring music of Mozart and Donizetti for soprano and piano, and music of Faure for violin and piano.” (2306 42nd SW)

SUNDAY AFTERNOON THEATER: See a matinee performance of “Dogfight at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor), 3 pm. Tickets available online. (4711 California SW)

‘THANK YOU’ DINNER FOR THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED/ARE SERVING: 5-8 pm, American Legion Post 160 and Auxiliary Unit 160 invite veterans, active duty, reservists, and their families to a FREE Italian dinner. No RSVP needed – just show up. Here’s our preview. (3618 SW Alaska)

SUNDAY NIGHTLIFE: Seven nights a week, something fun’s happening somewhere. Tonight – trivia and karaoke! See the listings here.

Emily’s wedding ring might be on your doorstep right now.

November 8, 2014 at 10:53 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 31 Comments

This is not quite the standard case of lost-and-found … Emily‘s wedding ring was lost because of a delivery mistake, and it might be on your doorstep, or somewhere else a parcel would be left:

West Seattle, I need your HELP. Thursday afternoon my wedding ring was supposed to be delivered to our home at 46th/Admiral (we had it remade for our ten year anniversary) and it was delivered to the wrong house (the package required a signature yet the driver left the package anyway) and it is currently missing. Knowing how small West Seattle is, and that everyone knows everyone, I’m asking you all to PLEASE SHARE this, in the hopes that someone will come forward. We are offering a reward, no questions asked. This is obviously heartbreaking and the sentimental value is something that can never be replaced. Thank you for your help!

You can reach Emily at 503.784.0079.

West Seattle Saturday: Kids’ sale; turkey-donation drive; foster-cat adoptions; open houses and bazaars; theater; music; more!

November 8, 2014 at 7:33 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Killdeer, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
You might need wings to get to ALL the cool stuff in today’s highlights. Or at least a really good plan. So here we go – from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

KID-STUFF CONSIGNMENT SALE: 9 am-1 pm at the VFW Hall, it’s the return of a huge sale with all kinds of stuff for kids – sneak peeks here – benefiting West Seattle Cooperative Preschools. Details in Four local work parties but the one that needs help the most is at Orchard Street Ravine in Gatewood/Morgan, as previewed here on Friday, 9 am-1 pm. Even if you can only be there for part of that time! (Follow that link for directions)

‘PINK BELT’ TOURNAMENT: 9 am-noon at Evergreen Tang Soo Do in The Admiral District, martial-arts students from age 4 through adulthood are having their first ever breast-cancer-benefit tournament – details in our calendar listing. (2707 California SW_

THREE BAZAARS: And yet more pre-holiday shopping – 10 am-4 pm at Providence Mount St. Vincent (4831 35th SW) … 10 am-4 pm at Shorewood Elementary (2725 SW 116th) … and 11 am-4 pm at White Center Library (11220 16th SW)

BRING A TURKEY (OR $) TO HELP THE WEST SEATTLE FOOD BANK: It’s Turkey Drive day at HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor) in The Junction, 11 am-2 pm. Bring a 10-to-12-pound turkey, or $15 so the Food Bank can buy one, and help make sure local families in need have a great Thanksgiving too. (41st/Alaska)

OPEN HOUSE … at West Seattle Nursery, 11 am-2 pm; details in our calendar listing. (California/Brandon)

SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS-RELATED CONCERN? Bring it to West Seattle’s representative on the School Board, Marty McLaren, during her community-conversation meeting (just drop in) 11 am-12:30 pm at High Point Branch Library. (35th/Raymond)

LOG HOUSE MUSEUM CLOSED ... because today’s the gala champagne brunch raising money for the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. (Hope you got your tickets – the brunch, at Salty’s on Alki [WSB sponsor], is sold out!) The museum will reopen Sunday, regular noon-4 pm hours. (61st/Stevens)

CAT ADOPTION EVENT: Noon-3 pm at High Point Community Center, come meet cats in the Seattle Animal Shelter foster-cat program … waiting for their forever homes. Details here. (6920 34th SW)

FALL ART OPENING AT ‘THE BUILDING’: 20 local artists, live music, more, as detailed here. 5-10 pm. (4316 SW Othello)

NEIL YOUNG TUNES … by Melanie and David, performing at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

UMPTEENTH SOUSA BIRTHDAY BASH: 7:30 pm, an annual tradition at Kenyon Hall. (7904 35th SW)

‘ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD’: Third night for the West Seattle High School Drama Club production – more here. 7:30 pm, WSHS Theater. (3000 California SW)

‘DOGFIGHT’ 7:30 pm curtain time for tonight’s performance of this musical-based-on-a-movie, at ArtsWest in The Junction. (4711 California SW)

OVERNIGHT TRAFFIC ALERT: 9 pm tonight until 8 am Sunday, on Highway 99 downtown, the Battery Street Tunnel is scheduled to be closed in both directions for fire-system testing, as noted here.

BUT … WHY LEAVE THE PENINSULA ANYWAY? Besides the highlights mentioned above, there’s MORE nightlife (among other things) – see the listings here.

West Seattle Friday: Bazaars; jobs; authors; actors; more…

November 7, 2014 at 10:03 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Fall colors along Harbor Ave, by Don Brubeck, via the WSB Flickr group)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

BAZAAR AT THE MOUNT: 10 am-4 pm at Providence Mount St. Vincent, with a special raffle, as noted in our calendar listing. (4831 35th SW)

WHITE CENTER LIBRARY GUILD BAZAAR: 11 am-4 pm today (and tomorrow) at White Center Library, its Guild is hosting the annual holiday bazaar and book sale. Shop for a good cause! (11220 16th SW)

FINAL SALMON WATCH: No new fish since last week, so if that trend continues, the volunteer Fauntleroy Creek salmon-watchers will officially wrap up their work for the season after today.

METROPOLITAN MARKET JOB FAIR: 2-7 pm at Metropolitan Market-Admiral (WSB sponsor), hiring for MM jobs around the region. More info in this WSB Jobs-section post. (41st/42nd/Admiral)

WORDS, WRITERS, & WEST SEATTLE: This one will shake you up! Sandi Doughton, author of “Full Rip 9.0,” explains why:

As explained on the Southwest Seattle Historical Society website, she’ll read from her book (and as you heard her say in the video clip, that’s not all) 5-7 pm at Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village. (2600 SW Barton)

CHIEF SEALTH INT’L HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: 7 pm game vs. White River, at Southwest Athletic Complex. (2601 SW Thistle)

AUTHOR APPEARANCE: West Seattle author Sarah Alisabeth Fox reads from Downwind: A People’s History of the Nuclear West,” 7 pm tonight at Elliott Bay Books. (1521 10th Ave.)

‘ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD’: Night 2 for the West Seattle High School Drama Club production of Tom Stoppard‘s spinoff from Shakespeare‘s “Hamlet.” 7:30 pm, WSHS Theater. (3000 California SW)

‘DOGFIGHT’ 7:30 pm curtain time for tonight’s performance at ArtsWest in The Junction. (4711 California SW)

SLAGS AT THE POGGIE: Poggie Tavern doesn’t have a calendar online but every so often we hear from one of the acts, and tonight, it’s The Slags, 9 pm. (4717 California SW)

12TH STORE! West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) says it’ll have a “huge announcement” today involving a Seahawk. Keep an eye on its Facebook page.

West Seattle Thursday: Candy buyback; ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’ opening night at WSHS; Fauntleroy traffic meeting…

November 6, 2014 at 10:52 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Thanks to John for sharing the photo from Fauntleroy – sun, rainbow, whitecaps!)
After a difficult commute – and with a wind advisory now in effect – a relatively quick look at to highlights for the rest of your Thursday:

CANDY BUYBACK: A Place for Kids Too children’s dentistry (WSB sponsor) in The Admiral District is having its first post-Halloween “candy buyback” until 3 pm. Donated candy goes to U.S. troops; the “buyback” incentive is a raffle ticket for each pound of candy, with a gift-card prize for raffle winner(s). More details in our calendar listing. (2617 California SW)

CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSES BUDGET POSSIBILITIES: They continue today. Live on Seattle Channel right now, they’re discussing possible items for the Office of Housing, including exploring a bond issue for a “large” project to build publicly owned affordable housing. This afternoon at 2 pm, they’re looking at items for SDOT, including the possibility of “transportation impact fees” for development. SPD is on the schedule today too, with items including the “gunshot locator system” discussed (but ultimately not funded) in past years.

THRIFTWAY’S HOLIDAY TASTE! 4-7 pm, West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) rolls out the tempting tastes of food/beverages you might want to serve your family/friends/etc. this holiday season. Just three weeks till Thanksgiving! (California/Fauntleroy)

WEST SEATTLE TIMEBANK ORIENTATION: 6:30 pm at Southwest Branch Library – get and give the gift of time; find out how to be part of the Timebank. (35th/Henderson)

FAUNTLEROY TRAFFIC/TRANSPORTATION: Special meeting organized by the Fauntleroy Community Association, 7 pm at The Hall at Fauntleroy, as previewed here. (9131 California SW)

‘ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD’: West Seattle High School Drama Department presents Tom Stoppard‘s Shakespeare spinoff, and tonight is opening night, 7:30 pm at the WSHS Theater. Details, including ticket info, in our calendar listing. (3000 California SW)

LOTS MORE … on the calendar.

West Seattle Wednesday: Plant; network; sing; dance; talk transit…

November 5, 2014 at 9:08 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 4 Comments

(Photo by Mark Wangerin: ‘Intergrade’ Northern Flicker – characteristics of eastern, yellow shafted, & western, red-shafted varieties)
Just a few of your options for today/tonight!

FALL PLANTING AT CAMP LONG: Can you spare a few hours today? 10 am-2 pm, EarthCorps welcomes volunteer help for fall planting at Camp Long – details in our calendar listing. (5200 35th SW)

EARLY DAYS: Drop-in support group for parents of babies up to 1 year old meets today, Limber Yoga. (Same group featured in this WSB story yesterday – expanding and seeking help to cover training costs for volunteer facilitators helping new parents.) Noon-2 pm. (6019 California SW)

WORK AT HOME? Grab lunch and take a break for casual networking and support at the Home Office/Coworking Meetup at Office Junction (WSB sponsor), noon-1 pm. (6040 California SW)

RAPIDRIDE ON CALIFORNIA IN THE JUNCTION? That’s one of the items on the agenda for tonight’s Southwest District Council meeting. Also up: The proposed Neighborhood Matching Fund changes that already have drawn opposition from the SWDC’s counterparts in eastern West Seattle. All welcome. 6:30 pm, Senior Center of West Seattle. (Oregon/California)

KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: 6:30-8:30 pm, tour John F. Kennedy Catholic High School (WSB sponsor) in Burien. Details on the school’s website. (140 S. 140th)

WEST SEATTLE SOUL: 8 pm at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), Rippin Chicken‘s onstage with a “free-form groove night full of insane amounts of groove and jams.” (6451 California SW)

LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE: You get the spotlight at Skylark‘s weekly 21+ fully backlined open-microphone night – signups 7:30 pm, music starts 8:30 pm. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

AND … more events for today/tonight, recurring and one-time-only, are on our calendar.

West Seattle Tuesday: Election Day; mapmaking; Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights guidance; ‘Interstellar’ premiere; more…

November 4, 2014 at 10:44 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

(Bald eagle in Lincoln Park – carrying nesting material? – photographed by Trileigh Tucker)
Election Day is here. In honor of that most patriotic of days, we feature two bald-eagle photos in our daily preview from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

VOTE! Until 8 pm, the ballot-dropoff vans are in West Seattle and White Center, or you can check the county’s list of fixed dropboxes, OR you can mail your ballot (which, unlike dropoffs, requires postage), as long as you’re sure it’ll be postmarked with today’s date. Still deciding? Lots of info on the KC Elections website. The first results are expected around 8:15 pm, and you’ll see them here on WSB as soon as they’re published.

VOLUNTEER MAPMAKING: Help Ebola first responders across the globe without ever leaving your home. As previewed here on Tuesday, bring your laptop to the West Seattle (Admiral) Branch Library at 6 pm tonight to find out how. (2306 42nd SW)

WESTWOOD-ROXHILL-ARBOR HEIGHTS COMMUNITY COUNCIL: 6:15 pm monthly meeting at Southwest Branch Library. The announcement from WWRHAH leadership has a question for everyone in the neighborhoods this group serves:

… Our big topic is Steering. We’ve gotten stuff done and in motion:

The Roxbury road safety project;
More police presence in Roxhill Park;
We’ve gotten Metro & SDOT to fix some road issues around Westwood;
We’ve got the Arbor Heights storm drains project slowly advancing;
We have grant money for more Roxhill Park improvements;
We helped make sure the city didn’t rush through the every-other-week trash pickup;
We got Metro to move peak hour Route #21 layovers from Westwood to 35th & Roxbury;
We’ve got the city and county studying and researching restoring the bog closer to its original state.
The Southwest District Council helped us get Arbor Heights more money for sidewalks on 35th;
The Delridge District Council and SDOT helped us do that on the south side of Roxbury by the school with the county.

Most of these are in different stages — underway or done — and that’s just over our first solid year.

So, now what? You tell us: What are the biggest outstanding issues for Westwood, Roxhill, and Arbor Heights? Come tell us at the meeting … or online, or over e-mail at contact@wwrhah.org.


(Photo by Terri – bald eagles atop tower crane in The Junction last weekend)
WEST SEATTLE SHAMBHALA MEDITATION GROUP: 6:30 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center – details here. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

‘INTERSTELLAR’ PREMIERE: As previewed here last night, 8 pm is the special sneak-peek showing of this 35mm-film first-run movie at the Admiral Theater. (2343 California SW)

OTHER NIGHTLIFE: Tuesday night is one of the busiest nights on our calendar – see why, here.

West Seattle Monday: Ballot vans; Tilden School open house; SPS boundary changes; Hi-Yu wants you; more …

November 3, 2014 at 9:31 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

We photographed the King County Elections ballot-dropoff-van crew at West Seattle Stadium on Saturday; they’re back in town today, and that leads off our calendar-highlights list:

VOTE! Ballot-dropoff vans are back in West Seattle and White Center (Greenbridge), 10 am-5 pm today and 10 am-8 pm tomorrow. No postage needed if you vote this way. Full details in our preview from last week, including ballot-related links. (4432 35th SW and 9720 8th SW)

PRIVACY DISCUSSION AT SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL: It’s been almost two years since WSB readers’ tips helped us break the story of Seattle Police surveillance cameras installed on Alki and elsewhere without public notice or explanation. They have yet to be activated; the City Council-ordered policies on their use have yet to be presented. That’s just one of many privacy-related issues involving city government, and now there’s a move for a broad City of Seattle Privacy Initiative, as explained in this memo, with a discussion during the council briefing meeting that’s just starting (9:30 am) at City Hall downtown, with the privacy item expected around 9:55 am. (Live on Seattle Channel)

TILDEN SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: 6-8 pm, you’re invited to a “casual open house” at Tilden School (WSB sponsor), which serves grades K-5. (4105 California SW, enter on west side of building)

SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS BOUNDARIES MEETING: Another West Seattle community meeting about boundary changes starting next school year. 6:30 pm, Alki Elementary School. (3010 59th SW)

WEST SEATTLE HI-YU MEETING: While WS Hi-Yu is a “summer festival” by name, their work is year-round, and they would love to have your help. First step: Check out the monthly meeting, 7 pm tonight, new location – Admiral Congregational Church. Upcoming events include the selection and coronation of next year’s Junior Court. (4320 SW Hill)

NIGHTLIFE! Lots listed on our calendar – go directly there for the venues/times/details.

West Seattle Sunday: Looking ahead after ‘falling back’

November 2, 2014 at 8:12 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Photo by Flickr member alextutu1821, from the WSB Flickr group)
Happy Sunday! After almost a week and a half of Halloween-related activities, it’s a relatively quiet Sunday, with just a few things to note:

EVERYTHING THAT KEEPS TIME, ON TIME? 2 am today, it “fell back” to 1 am, so if you have any non-automatic timekeeping devices … check ‘em. Here’s your official source.

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: After last Sunday’s Harvest Festival, the market is back in the usual spot today, 10 am-2 pm. (44th/Alaska)

WEST SEATTLE ULTIMATE FAMILY FRISBEE: 11 am Sunday mornings, Walt Hundley Playfield. Updates on Facebook. (6920 34th SW)

SALMON-WATCHING AT FAUNTLEROY CREEK: 12:30-3:30 pm, you’re welcome again today on what is otherwise a private-property stretch of the creek, with a volunteer salmon-watcher there to answer questions. Our story from Saturday afternoon explains how to get there.

‘DOGFIGHT’ MATINEE: 3 pm, an afternoon performance of the musical currently featured at ArtsWest. (4711 California SW)

SUNDAY NIGHT TRIVIA: 7:30 pm at West Seattle Brewing in The Triangle, with

APPLE PIE PREORDER DEADLINE: Today’s the last day for pre-orders in the Bells of the Sound apple-pie project – order for yourself, or order one to be donated to someone in need. Our original story has details (including how to volunteer to help with the bake-a-thon) – all here.

MORE … on our calendar!

West Seattle Saturday: What’s up as November begins

November 1, 2014 at 7:15 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 8 Comments

(Barred owl, photographed in West Seattle by Mark Wangerin)
Welcome to November! Lots going on today and tonight in West Seattle, including …

‘FALL BACK’ TONIGHT: We know, we know, the time change is just not what it used to be; almost everything that keeps time makes the change automatically. Still – at least you can look forward to an extra hour of sleep (or of nightlife), because at 2 am “tonight” (aka early Sunday), it’s suddenly 1 am.

Here’s some of what’s happening long before we get to that …

‘WALKING ON LOGS’ CLEANUP: The West Seattle Chamber of Commerce would be happy to have some help 9 am-noon today. Go here to find advice on how to get there and what to bring.

LONI McINTOSH MEMORIAL WALK: 10 am, meet at Alki Bathhouse, wear teal/blue if you can, for a walk in memory of and tribute to the beloved fitness instructor and community member who died two weeks ago; here’s our earlier story. (2701 Alki SW)

BALLOT-DROPOFF VAN: 10 am-5 pm, it’s the first of three days for the King County Elections ballot-dropoff van to be stationed on the West Seattle Stadium driveway, so you can drop off your ballot (no postage required!) for Tuesday’s election. More info in our Friday preview. (4432 35th SW)

SOUTHWEST SEATTLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY NEEDS YOU! So many different skills are of value at the Log House Museum – check out the monthly volunteer orientation to see what you might be able to offer. 11 am-1 pm. (61st/Stevens)

LEND A HAND AT MORGAN JUNCTION PARK: (updated) 2-4 pm, Friends of Morgan Junction Parks will be working at the main MJ Park and would love your company/help. (6413 California SW)

DUWAMISH LONGHOUSE ART OPENING: Reception noon-4 pm, storytelling/artist talk 2 pm, as Coastal Salish artist and storyteller Roger Fernandes (Lower Elwha S’Klallam) reflects on local native culture & beliefs. Exhibit continues thru December in Duwamish Longhouse Art Gallery; more info here. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

SALMON-WATCHING: 12:30-3:30 pm, come to Fauntleroy Creek to see if you can spot coho spawners! In the past week, volunteers have counted 19. Here’s the invitation we published last night. (Fauntleroy/Director)

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS: To celebrate the “Day of the Dead,” Matador-West Seattle will be offering sugar-skull face painting from 3 pm to 6 pm. 21+ establishment. (4546 California SW)

BOOKS AND BRICKS: 5:30-8 pm, annual fundraising dinner at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church; details here. (California/Hanford)

CHIEF SEALTH IHS DINNER/AUCTION: The high school’s big annual fundraiser is at 5:30 pm tonight, Brockey Center at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) – details here. (6000 16th SW)

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: 6-9 pm at Straight Blast Gym (WSB sponsor) – OR overnight! Details, including registration link, in our calendar listing. (5050 Delridge Way SW)

SKELETON THEATRE, NIGHT 2: 6-9 pm, it’s your final chance to see the new ~20-minute animatronics-plus-video show titled “Beyond the Pale on ST’s outdoor on-the-lawn stage. Here’s our Friday night report with a bit of video. (36th/Hanford)

AMPLIFY: Benefit concert at The Junction Church to help a local family, 8-11 pm; details here, including the lineup of bands. (4157 California SW)

METALWEEN: 9 pm-midnight, bands listed here, at Skylark Café and Club. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

LAST ‘ROCKY HORROR’ AT THE ADMIRAL: After a decade, the monthly shadow-cast “Rocky Horror Picture Show” screenings at Admiral Theater are ending after tonight. 11:59 pm, one last chance to do the “Time Warp,” toss toast, and more. (2343 California SW)

****CALENDAR PAGE ALERT**** For tonight *only*, the WSB calendar page might display incorrect times because of the impending time change, even though they are input correctly; we are hopeful that this software glitch will finally be in our rear-view mirror before Daylight Saving Time’s return in March. Everything above is correct and not subject to the glitch affecting only the actual calendar page and ONLY events for tonight. Please forgive us. Thanks.

West Seattle Thursday: Halloween eve; Whale Trail orca talk; more

October 30, 2014 at 9:55 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | Comments Off

(Tail-slapping orca photographed by Gary Jones off Alki Point on October 17th)

It’s Halloween Eve! Our highlight list begins with two events from our West Seattle Halloween Guide:

TODDLER PUMPKINPALOOZA: 10 am-noon at High Point Community Center: “Toddler dress up station, bubble station, face-painting booth, carnival games and so much more will be waiting for you and your toddler at our annual fall event.” $5 ticket. (6920 34th SW)

HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION: 5:30-7:30 pm at Delridge Community Center. Free! (4501 Delridge Way SW)

KARAOKE & COSTUME CONTEST: Starting at 9 pm at Yen Wor Village in The Admiral District, it’s a Halloween party with a costume contest, karaoke, and a midnight $2 buffet. (2300 California SW)

From our regular West Seattle Event Calendar:

KALEIDOSCOPE PLAY ‘N’ LEARN: 11 am-12:30 pm, parents/caregivers are invited to bring kids 2-5 to Delridge Branch Library for a fun session promoting early learning. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

PROTECTION ZONES FOR ORCAS? 7 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), The Whale Trail begins its new series of Orca Talks by examining the idea of even more protection for the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales – details in our calendar listing, including a ticket link – $5 suggested donation adults/kids free. (5612 California SW)

‘DOGFIGHT,’ WEEK 2: 7:30 pm at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor), it’s curtain time for the next performance of the musical “Dogfight,” described as “the romantic and heartbreaking story of three young Marines in 1963″ as they prepare to deploy to Vietnam. Directed by AW’s new artistic director Mathew Wright. (4711 California SW)

West Seattle Tuesday: School-shopping at WS Education Fair; 2nd meeting for 35th SW; Westwood-Highland Park future…

October 28, 2014 at 10:53 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | Comments Off

(Alki’s Lady Liberty, by Loren Beringer via Flickr, in honor of today’s 128th “birthday” of the original statue)
Four major highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, including our spotlight event:

WEST SEATTLE EDUCATION FAIR: Reviewing your school options for next year? 10+ local schools covering preK through 8th grade will have reps in one place tonight for the second annual WS Education Fair.

We’re sponsoring it; Seattle Lutheran High School is hosting it. 6:30-8 pm, SLHS Gym. (4100 SW Genesee)

Also on the highlight list for today/tonight:

35TH SW MEETING, EARLY EDITION: 3:30-5 pm, second kickoff meeting (mostly the same as the first, per SDOT) for the 35th SW Safety Project. Here’s our coverage of last Wednesday’s evening meeting. Upstairs at Southwest Branch Library. (35th/Henderson)

FESTIVAL OF THE LAST-MINUTE PUMPKIN CARVING: 5-8 pm, need some jack-o-lantern assistance? Come to Equilibrium Fitness (WSB sponsor) for the “Festival of the Last-Minute Pumpkin Carving” – explained here! (3270 California SW)

BLOCK WATCH CAPTAINS’ NETWORK: 6:30 pm at Southwest Precinct, featuring a demonstration of the new engravers the precinct has obtained to help you mark your valuables in case of theft. (Webster/Delridge)

WESTWOOD-HIGHLAND PARK NEIGHBORHOOD PLANNING: 7 pm at Big Al’s in White Center, as previewed here last night – all welcome to help start the conversation on potentially updating the 1999 plan, which is linked in the aforementioned preview. (9832 14th SW)

NIGHTLIFE … includes the blues, bingo, trivia, karaoke, singer/songwriter performances; see the venues and times by going directly to our calendar!

What’s happening for the rest of your West Seattle Monday

October 27, 2014 at 1:08 pm | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | Comments Off

(Photo by Lise Thivierge, from Seacrest)
Before we get too much further into Monday, three highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar (and two great photos from this morning’s sunrise):

FISHING IN CUBA: 6 pm at Emerald Water Anglers in The Junction, free talk about fishing in, and traveling to, Cuba, presented by Cuban Fishing Centers. (42nd/Oregon)

TEAM IN TRAINING INFO NIGHT: 6:30 pm, find out about joining the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society‘s Team in Training for upcoming fundraising runs in the region. West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) is hosting the info night, with refreshments and in-store discounts. (California/Charlestown)

DISCUSSING THE DEATH PENALTY: 6:30 pm, Our Lady of Guadalupe, you’re invited to a community discussion – details in our calendar listing. (34th/Myrtle)

(Photo by Colby, from Whale Tail Park)
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West Seattle post-windstorm Sunday: Junction Harvest Festival, Thriller-thon, salmon drumming, lots more…

October 26, 2014 at 8:28 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 2 Comments


As the live camera above looking north on California from Alaska shows, setup is under way for the third annual West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival (co-sponsored by WSB) – which tops our list of what’s up today (besides post-windstorm cleanup/power restoration, which we’re covering separately):

WEST SEATTLE JUNCTION HARVEST FESTIVAL: 10 am-2 pm in the heart of The Junction, where California is closed between Oregon and Edmunds, and Alaska is closed between 44st and 42nd. Here are the basics:

*10 am-2 pm, free “harvest activities” at booths throughout the festival zone – details in last night’s preview
*10 am-2 pm, Farmers’ Market out in the middle of California SW
*11 am-1 pm, chili competition, 9 flights for $10 to benefit the West Seattle Food Bank (by KeyBank)
*11:30 am, costume parade led by WSHS Marching Band, starting from Junction Plaza Park (42nd/Alaska)
*noon-2 pm, trick-or-treating at Junction businesses (no earlybirds!)

Our booth is on the east side of California/Alaska – “Diver Laura” is scheduled to join us with iPhone microscope plankton-viewing, and for the grownups, we’re giving away the only tchotchkes we’ve ever offered (last seen at the WS Car Show two years ago), ice scrapers, while they last. See you there!

Also from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and Halloween Guide today:

POP-UP PUMPKIN PATCH: 10 am-1 pm, Delridge Grocery‘s Pop-up Pumpkin Patch! Buy your “edible and decorative Halloween pumpkins from your friendly neighborhood co-op. Free coffee, cider, and treats will be offered. They’ll also take payments for member-owner shares at the event.” Same site as DG’s summer farmstand, south of the library. (5435 Delridge Way SW)

GEAR SWAP, DAY 2: 11 am-3 pm, it’s the second day of the annual Mountain to Sound Outfitters-presented gear swap at VFW Hall across the street. Details in our calendar listing. (3601 SW Alaska)

THRILLER-THON: 1-3 pm, Thriller-thon at West Seattle Christian Church Activity Center, benefiting Transitional Resources! (4400 42nd SW)

NERF WARS: 2-4 pm, special event for kids at Straight Blast Gym of Seattle (WSB sponsor) – details in our calendar listing, including how to sign up; check ASAP to see if there’s still room! (5050 Delridge Way SW)

NEW SOUNDS NORTHWEST: Concert at First Lutheran Church of West Seattle, 3 pm – details in our calendar listing. (4105 California SW)

ANIMAL REIKI DEMONSTRATION: 3 pm at Mud Bay in The Admiral District – details in our calendar listing. (2611 California SW)

‘DOGFIGHT’: 3 pm at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor), it’s your next chance to see the musical “Dogfight,” described as “the romantic and heartbreaking story of three young Marines in 1963″ before their deployment to Vietnam. Directed by AW’s new artistic director Mathew Wright. Tickets available online. (4711 California SW)

DRUMMING TO CALL THE SALMON HOME: The first coho are already arriving in Fauntleroy Creek, as shown here Saturday. At 5 pm tonight – provided it’s not raining – join the annual gathering at the overlook to encourage them to keep coming home. Details in our calendar listing. (Fauntleroy/Director, up the embankment across from the ferry dock)

EVEN MORE … on our calendar!

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