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Your West Seattle Wednesday highlights

(Thanks to Paula for the sunrise view from West Seattle High School)

The day has turned gray, but we appreciate the vivid color in the great photos from this morning’s sunrise! We’re sharing two along with today’s highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

SCHOOL TOURS: Several under way right now – so we wanted to remind you to use the calendar to look ahead beyond our same-day highlight lists – you can sort by categories, for example, and choosing “tours” brings up this list so you can look ahead.

LOCAL BIZ MEETUP: Noon-1:15 pm at West Seattle Office Junction (WSB sponsor) – take a break, bring your lunch, go network! (6040 California SW)

‘YOUTH VOICE, YOUTH CHOICE’: 4-6 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, all are welcome to an “idea assembly” as part of the “participatory budgeting” process in which local youth will help decide how the city should spend $700,000 of the next budget. Brainstorming is open to all ages. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

(Thanks to Cat for this sunrise view)

HIGH-SCHOOL BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS: The girls’ and boys’ teams from both West Seattle HS and Chief Sealth IHS all have playoff games tonight. None are at home. As noted here last night, the Sealth girls play Rainier Beach at 5:45 pm tonight at Ballard HS (1418 NW 65th), while the Sealth boys play Franklin at Garfield HS (400 23rd Ave.); the WSHS girls play Roosevelt at 7:30 pm at Nathan Hale, while the West Seattle boys play Rainier Beach at 5:45 pm at Ingraham HS (1819 N. 135th).

AMERICAN LEGION POST 160: Monthly meeting, 6 pm, open to all who have served or are serving in America’s armed forces. (3618 SW Alaska)

34TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS: Big election year means lots on the agenda for tonight’s 7 pm meeting of our area’s biggest political group at The Hall at Fauntleroy. Chair Marcee Stone-Vekich says, “We will have all 6 candidates for the 7th (Congressional District) speaking tonight. Also, 2 candidates for Lieutenant Governor and 1 for State Auditor. We will also be giving a tribute to (former City Councilmember) Tom Rasmussen. We’ll then do a review of the caucus process later in the meeting.” (9131 California SW)

THINKING ABOUT THIS YEAR’S FLOAT DODGER 5K? Come to the Team in Training meeting at 7 pm tonight at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) – here’s why. (2743 California SW)

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West Seattle Tuesday: Election Day, and more

(Photo by James Bratsanos)

The fog is lifting, the sun’s emerging, and it’s time for a look ahead, via the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

LAST CHANCE TO VOTE ON SCHOOL LEVIES: It’s Election Day, which means “last chance to vote day.” Two Seattle Public Schools levies are on the ballot for this “special election,” and you can turn in your ballot without a stamp if you drop it at one of the vans that’ll be in our area 10 am-8 pm – West Seattle Stadium (4432 35th SW) or Greenbridge Library (9720 8th SW):

(Added 1:14 pm – WSB photo of Joe and Mary at Greenbridge van, which had 49 ballots by noon:)

Otherwise, mail it but be sure it’ll be postmarked today, and be sure it has a stamp.

CRAWFISH FOR FAT TUESDAY: As previewed here on Monday, Circa in The Admiral District plans a crawfish boil “out back” noon-5 pm. (2605 California SW)

DREAM DINNERS OPEN HOUSE: The open house involves a deal for new Dream Dinners (WSB sponsor) customers – book one of three sessions to assemble your dinners – 4:30 pm, 5:45 pm, 7 pm – go here to see for the booking links. (4701 41st SW)

(Photo by Don Brubeck)

ENDOLYNE TRIANGLE MEETING: 6 pm in the large conference room at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse, come hear from SDOT about traffic changes proposed for the Endolyne Triangle area by Fauntleroy’s business district. (9131 California SW)

FAUNTLEROY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: Right after that meeting, around 7 pm, it’s the FCA’s regular board meeting, also at the schoolhouse, with agenda items including planning for next month’s membership meeting/Food Fest. (9131 California SW)

ADMIRAL NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: Meet the new leadership during tonight’s meeting, 7 pm at The Sanctuary at Admiral. (42nd SW/SW Lander)

HIGH-SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Postseason game tonight at Chief Sealth International High School, with the CSIHS boys hosting Roosevelt at 7 pm. (2600 SW Thistle)

WEST SEATTLE CROCHET AND KNIT CIRCLE: 7 pm at Uptown Espresso in The Junction, all welcome, regardless of skill level. (California/Edmunds/Erskine)

TUESDAY TRIVIA: Tonight at 8 pm, show what you know during trivia time at Parliament Tavern in The Admiral District. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

SINGER/SONGWRITER NIGHT: 9 pm at Shadowland in The Junction. (California SW/SW Oregon)

SEE IT ALL … today’s complete lineup, and days/weeks/months into the future, here.

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

(Horned grebe, photographed near Fauntleroy ferry dock by Mark Wangerin)

Good morning and happy Lunar New Year! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar for the rest of today/tonight:

BALLOT DROP VANS BACK: Second-to-last day to turn in your ballots for the Seattle Public Schools levies. The King County Elections ballot vans are back at West Seattle Stadium (4432 35th SW) and Greenbridge Library (9720 8th SW), until 5 pm today (and again 10 am-8 pm tomorrow). Info on the vans, the ballot measures, and more in our Saturday report.

ART CLUB FOR TEENS: 4 pm today at Southwest Library – new! “Unleash your creativity with other local teens in this six-week art club designed and run by local Teen Service Learning volunteers!” Details in our calendar listing. (35th SW/SW Henderson)

PHYSICAL-THERAPY NIGHT: At West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), drop in between 5:30 and 7 pm for a free “one-on-one injury assessement to address any pain that is keeping you from your fitness routine.” Details in our calendar listing. (2743 California SW)

HIGHLAND PARK ELEMENTARY PTA: 6 pm in the Highland Park Elementary School cafeteria. PTA president Holly Briscoe says, “We will be discussing the vision, mission, and core values of the PTA, as well as upcoming events. Snacks will be served, child care is available, and a Spanish interpreter will be in attendance. All are welcome.” (1012 SW Trenton)

NORTH DELRIDGE NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL: Live and/or work and/or visit North Delridge? Everybody’s welcome at the NDNC‘s monthly meeting, 6:30 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in Room 103 (last room on north end of first-floor hall): “Please join us. Let us know what’s on your mind.”
So far, the agenda includes:

– Emergency Management HUB with Cindi Barker.
– Theft and vandalism in the neighborhood.
– Sound Transit light rail proposals for West Seattle

(4408 Delridge Way SW)

DENNY PTSA MEETING: 7 pm at Denny International Middle School: “Come and learn about STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) at Denny. (2601 SW Kenyon)

SHELTERBOX NIGHT AT MEEPLES GAMES: 6:15 pm at Meeples Games (WSB sponsor), play games and find out about ShelterBox, which helps out in crisis and disaster zones around the world. Details in our calendar listing. (3727 California SW)

EVENING BOOK CLUB: 6:45 pm at West Seattle (Admiral) Library – this month’s book is “The End of Your Life Book Club” by Will Schwalbe. All welcome. (2306 42nd SW)

MONDAY MUSIC: Get funky/bluesy with Rippin Chicken at Parliament Tavern, 8-10 pm. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

West Seattle Sunday: What else is super today

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It was a super sunrise – vivid pinks to the east, reflected – as you see in the panorama sent by John Kalinoski – on the Olympic Mountains to the west. Here’s what’s up for the rest of your Super Bowl Sunday, besides the game (which starts at 3:30 pm):

FARMERS’ MARKET: Looking for local treats for your game-day party? Or next weekend’s Valentine celebration? The market in the street is open 10 am-2 pm as always. (California SW between SW Alaska and SW Oregon)

SUPER PETS: You might find a new furry friend at the Seattle Humane MaxMobile, visiting the Farmers’ Market today, 10 am-2 pm. Look for the big bright-yellow van, likely toward the south end. (California/Alaska)

OPEN HOUSE: Little Pilgrim School, the preschool at Fauntleroy Church, has an open house 11 am-1:30 pm today. (9140 California SW)

POKEMON TRAINING CAMP: Noon-3 pm at Meeples Games (WSB sponsor), no experience necessary – info in our calendar listing. (3727 California SW)

IVAR’S STORY: The Southwest Seattle Historical Society tells us you’d better arrive at the West Seattle (Admiral) Library Branch right at opening time, 1 pm, if you want to snag a seat for Paul Dorpat‘s 1:30 pm photo-history presentation about Ivar Haglund – it’s free, but space is limited. Here’s our preview. Right after the presentation, around 3 pm, head to SWSHS’s Log House Museum for a guided tour of the Ivar exhibit; the museum’s open until 4 pm. (Library’s at 2306 42nd SW; museum’s at 61st SW/SW Stevens)

SUPER SWIM: Before the game, go in the pool – $2 family swim at Southwest Pool, 2 pm-3 pm. (2801 SW Thistle)

SUPER MUSIC: “Folk troubadour” Joe Kaplow is live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm. (5612 California SW)

SUPER BOWL SUNDAY NOTE: Some West Seattle establishments that aren’t showing the game traditionally take advantage of the chance for a break and close on Super Bowl Sunday. We don’t have a list but have seen a mention here and there around social media, so keep it in mind and check before you go.

West Seattle Saturday: Chocolate, chili, ballots, beach, basketball, more …

(Male hooded merganser, photographed in High Point by Mark Wangerin – click for closeup view)

Happy Saturday!

FIRST, A TRAFFIC ALERT: Reminder that the tower crane at Aura (35th and Avalon) is scheduled to come down today, blocking four lanes of 35th SW most if not all of the day, as previewed here. We will be checking out the scene a bit later for an update.

(Added, with photo above: Traffic is using the two NB lanes.)

Now, from our calendar:

BALLOT DROPOFF VANS: Sent in your ballot for Tuesday’s school levies yet? If not, two King County Elections dropoff vans are in the area today – 10 am-5 pm at West Seattle Stadium (the crane takedown mentioned above might complicate things somewhat), 4432 35th SW, and Greenbridge Library, 9720 8th SW.

OPEN HOUSE: 10 am-2 pm, drop in to see the Community School of West Seattle (preschool). Adults only; details here. (9450 22nd SW)

FREE TAX PREP: 10 am-2 pm, another chance to drop in and get free tax-prep help via the United Way of King County @ West Seattle Food Bank – details here. (35th SW/SW Morgan)

SOUTHWEST LITTLE LEAGUE SIGNUPS: 11 am-2 pm at the Steve Cox Memorial Park Log Cabin in White Center:

All boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 16 are welcome. If your child lives or attends school between SW Juneau St. and 128th St. SW, you are probably within the Southwest Little League boundary! Divisions include T-Ball, Coach-Pitch, Minors, Majors, 50/70 and Juniors. Tryouts for Minor & Major divisions will be held Saturday, February 20th, 2016, at Steve Cox Memorial Ball Park. Please visit for more information about signing up for Southwest Little League.

(1321 SW 102nd)

VIETNAMESE STORY TIME: Stories, songs, and rhymes in Vietnamese, 11:30 am at Delridge Library. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

MERCADO AT HPIC: 1-5 pm at Highland Park Improvement Club: “Pop Up Mercado: Corazon Fuerte. … Music, Food, Art, Apparel, Handmade Gifts, and Jewelry. Buy something sweet for your sweetie(s) while supporting local artists and small businesses. This event is FREE and for all ages.” (12th SW/SW Holden)

WINE AND CHOCOLATE: 2-7 pm at Viscon Cellars‘ (WSB sponsor) tasting room, wines will be paired today (and next Saturday) with chocolates from Seattle’s own Intrigue Chocolate Co.. (5910 California SW)

HOME-BUYING CLASS: 3-5 pm, free but registration required – our calendar listing explains how. With HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor) and RE/MAX Realty. (4727 44th SW)

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: As noted here on Friday, Westside School (WSB sponsor) has its varsity boys-basketball team in the CYO championship game at 4:30 pm today vs. St. Edward. The game’s at Bishop Blanchet. (8200 Wallingford Ave. N.)

NO CHILI LEFT BEHIND: Chili cook-off and auction fundraiser at Seattle Lutheran High School, 6 pm. Info in our calendar listing. (4100 SW Genesee)

LATIN JAZZ: Totiyo Y Amigos play C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

LOW-TIDE BEACH WALK: 8:30 pm, check out nighttime low tide at Constellation Park with Seattle Aquarium beach naturalists. Free. Look for the canopy. (63rd SW/Beach Drive)

MORE FOR TODAY/TONIGHT, AND BEYOND … on our complete calendar.

West Seattle Friday: Music, movie, marionettes, more…

(Duwamish River photo by Jim Edwards, looking S/SE, with the 14th Ave S bridge in the distance – click for full view)

WORDS, WRITERS, WEST SEATTLE: Presented by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, 5-7 pm at Barnes and Noble in Westwood Village, meet local author Sonja Anderson and hear about her children’s book “Sophie’s Quest.” (2800 SW Barton)

WINE TASTING: You’re welcome at the tasting room for Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor), open 5-9 pm. (5910 California SW)

CORNER BAR: First Friday of the month means pop-up-bar night at Highland Park Improvement Club. Tonight, after DJ Dr. Lehl kicks things off at 6, it’s Marco de Carvalho at 7. More info in our calendar listing. (12th SW/SW Holden)

FREE FAMILY-NIGHT FUN: At the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor), 6 pm – see the schedule here. All welcome; bring a donation for the West Seattle Food Bank. (4515 36th SW)

’80s MOVIE TRIVIA: 6:30-7:30 pm at Admiral Bird. (California SW/SW Admiral)

DUETS AND TRIOS … played by West Side Music Academy students at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

WEST SEATTLE MEANINGFUL MOVIES: Special 7 pm showing (after 6:30 pm mingling/snacks) this month, at Neighborhood House‘s High Point Center – co-presented by West Seattle Meaningful Movies and West Seattle Neighbors for Peace and Justice, the movie is “Ferguson: A Report from Occupied Territory,” a 2015 film co-produced by Katina Parker and Orlando de Guzman. Plus: “After the movie, Bobby Alexander, a local community activist and the co-chair of the Seattle Martin Luther King Day Celebration, will share his perspectives and talk about the struggle for racial justice here in Seattle.” (6400 Sylvan Way)

PUPPETS PLEASE MARIONETTES: 7 pm at Fauntleroy UCC Church, hosted by Little Pilgrim School. All welcome; $5 donation per family. More info in our calendar listing. (9140 California SW)

ALBUM RELEASE SHOW: Geist and the Sacred Ensemble “with Arrington de Dionyso, Magic Mirror (Corum) and God and Vanilla! We also have a special installation planned!” says host Society of Wonder. 9 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

AND THERE’S MORE! Go see all the listings on our complete calendar – for today, tonight, and beyond.

West Seattle Thursday: Schools; stories; signups

Highlights of what’s up around West Seattle for the rest of today/tonight:

LAFAYETTE KINDERGARTEN TOURS: 1:15-2:15 pm, prospective parents are invited to tour Lafayette Elementary. (California SW/SW Lander)

IMMIGRANTS’ STORIES @ SWYFS: 5-7 pm, dinner, a tour, and conversations at Southwest Youth and Family Services, featuring Seattle’s Civic Poet Claudia Castro Luna and immigrant families – details in our calendar listing. (4555 Delridge Way SW)

FREE TAX-PREP HELP: You might qualify for the tax-preparation help being offered via United Way of King County at 24 locations including, in our community, the West Seattle Food Bank. 5-9 tonight and other nights – info in our calendar listing. (35th SW/SW Morgan)


WEST SEATTLE LITTLE LEAGUE: 6-8 pm at Uptown Espresso in The Junction, West Seattle Little League (which provided the photo above) is hosting another information/document night: “Join us if you need to turn in your documents OR if you just want more information about WSLL and the upcoming season.” The registration deadline is coming up fast – Monday, February 15th – and you can sign up online at (California/Edmunds/Erskine)

RELAY FOR LIFE OF WEST SEATTLE: The kickoff meeting for this June’s overnight cancer-fighting Relay for Life of West Seattle is 6-7:30 pm at The Hall at Fauntleroy. Come meet organizers and team captains and find out how to be part of it. (9131 California SW)

PATHFINDER SCHOOL ELEMENTARY TOURS: K-5 tours 6-7:30 pm tonight – RSVP required; the school website explains how to do that. (1901 SW Genesee)

DENNY INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: 6:30 pm, prospective families are invited to an open house to meet Denny teachers and staff. (2601 SW Kenyon)

2ND DESIGN REVIEW FOR 4700 SW ADMIRAL WAY: As previewed here earlier this week, the Aegis Living West Seattle assisted-living/memory-care project at 4700 SW Admiral Way goes back to the Southwest Design Review Board tonight, 6:30 pm at the Sisson Building. (California SW/SW Oregon)

LIVE MUSIC AT PARLIAMENT TAVERN: 8 pm, Sweet Jesus, The Other Matt Clark, Graham MacRae are on tonight’s lineup at Parliament Tavern in The Admiral District. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

LOOK AHEAD … to see what’s coming up on our calendar, especially to get a jump on morning events (like school tours) that happen before we publish this daily reminder list.

West Seattle Wednesday: Fly Fishing Film Tour; basketball; housing levy; more…


The day began with a spectacular sunrise; the photo by James Bratsanos looking west to the Kitsap Peninsula shows the short-lived reflection of that sunrise glow. (Reminder – this, like most WSB photos now, can be clicked for a larger “lightbox” view!) Now looking ahead – here’s what’s on the calendar:

PAYING FOR COLLEGE: 10 am-7 pm, drop in for one-on-one help figuring out how to finance college, regardless of where you’re going or hoping to go. At the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) Library – details in our preview. (6000 16th SW)

STORY TIME, TIMES 4: Wednesday is a big day for story times at local libraries: Preschool Story Time, 10:30 am, West Seattle (Admiral) Library at 2306 42nd SW; Toddler Story Time, 10:30 am, Southwest Library at 35th/Henderson; Baby Story Time, 11:30 am, High Point Library at 35th/Raymond; Somali Story Time, 5 pm, also at HP Library.

HOUSING LEVY: Centerpiece of tonight’s Southwest District Council meeting, 6:30 pm, is a briefing on the housing-levy renewal headed for city ballots later this year. We’ll get the details in an announcement from the mayor at noon, and then the official West Seattle discussion is planned tonight. All welcome; the meeting’s upstairs in the Sisson Building. (California/Oregon)

FLY FISHING FILM TOUR: 7 pm at the historic Admiral Theater, this national tour makes its local stop! Still time to get tickets at Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor) at 42nd/Oregon in The Junction. More info here. (2343 California SW)

JIM PAGE: This “free-flow” singer-songwriter performs at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

BASKETBALL HOME GAMES: Girls-varsity basketball home games tonight – Chief Sealth IHS hosts Holy Names (2600 SW Thistle), West Seattle HS hosts Seattle Prep (3000 California SW), both at 7:30 pm.

‘REALLY REALLY’: Second-to-last week for ArtsWest‘s latest production starts with tonight’s 7:30 pm performance. (4711 California SW)

TRIVIA TIME: 8:30 pm, another edition of the longrunning trivia night at Talarico’s Pizza with host Phil Tavel. (4718 California SW)

West Seattle Tuesday: What’s on tonight’s horizon

(Photo by Danny McMillin, from the WSB Flickr group – click image for larger view)

Scanning the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar for today/tonight, we see:

DRINKING LIBERALLY: Want to talk Iowa caucuses? New Hampshire primary? Upcoming Washington caucuses? Or? First Tuesday of the month, 6 pm, is the regular night for this sip-and-talk group to meet at Pizzeria 22. (4213 SW College)

WESTWOOD-ROXHILL-ARBOR HEIGHTS COMMUNITY COUNCIL: 6:15 pm in the upstairs meeting room at Southwest Library, WWRHAH talks about the future, both of the Westwood/Highland Park Urban Village and potential White Center annexation. More in our preview. (35th SW/SW Henderson)

HIGHLAND PARK ELEMENTARY KINDERGARTEN TOUR: Tonight between 6:30 and 8:30 pm, Highland Park Elementary principal Chris Cronas hosts tours for prospective kindergarten families. (1012 SW Trenton)

LINCOLN PARK NORTH PLAY AREA RENOVATION: 6:30 pm, be at Gatewood Elementary see the schematic designs and talk about what’s next for the project. (4320 SW Myrtle)

WEST SEATTLE BIKE CONNECTIONS: Topics for the monthly meeting at 6:30 pm at HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor) include the Delridge-Highland Park Neighborhood Greenway‘s status – find out more on the WSBC website. (41st SW/SW Alaska)

HIGH-SCHOOL BASKETBALL: All three local schools have home games tonight – Seattle Lutheran hosts Crosspoint, girls at 6 – with a special tribute to longtime coach Bruce Carlson expected around 7 pm – and boys at 7:30 pm (4100 SW Genesee); the West Seattle boys host Seattle Prep at 7:30 pm (3000 California SW); the Chief Sealth boys host O’Dea at 7:30 pm (2600 SW Thistle).

WEST SEATTLE CROCHET AND KNIT SOCIAL CIRCLE: This group asked to be added to our ongoing calendar to make sure you know about it, if you don’t already – all are welcome, 7-9 pm at Uptown Espresso in The Junction, whether you’re new or experienced enough to help others or somewhere inbetween. (California/Edmunds/Erskine)

OF COURSE THERE’S MORE … if you take a few minutes to browse the calendar.

What’s up for your West Seattle Monday

(Great Blue Heron, photographed by Mark Wangerin – click image for larger view)

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

FAMILY STORY TIME: 6:30 pm, bring the kids to High Point Library for a fun way to wrap up the day. (35th SW/SW Raymond)

WEST SEATTLE HI-YU: Get involved with the volunteers behind the city’s last traveling community parade float and other events – come to this month’s West Seattle Hi-Yu meeting, 7 pm at Admiral Congregational Church. Also note applications are being accepted now for the Youth Ambassador program and Senior Court! (California SW/SW Hill)

TRIVIA NIGHT: 7:15 pm on Mondays is trivia night, with prizes, at Christo’s on Alki, hosted by Emerson. (2508 Alki SW)

ALL-AGES QUIZ NIGHT: Monday nights at The Skylark, it’s all-ages quiz night, free, with cash prizes. 7:30 pm. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

PUB QUIZ NIGHT: Monday is also quiz night at Shadowland, starting at 8 pm. (California SW/SW Oregon)

LOOK INTO THE FUTURE … via our complete calendar, with events listed days, weeks, even months ahead. Something to list? Please e-mail the info – – the earlier the better so we have time to get it into the calendar, and it has time to be seen – thank you!

West Seattle Sunday: From pancakes to time travel

(Male Barrow’s Goldeneye, photographed near Jack Block Park by Mark Wangerin – click image for larger view)

Good morning. From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, options for this last day of January:

HIAWATHA PANCAKE BREAKFAST: The annual benefit for Hiawatha Community Center‘s scholarship fund is this morning – pancakes and more, 8 am-noon, as previewed here.

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: See what’s fresh and local today, 10 am-2 pm in The Junction. (California SW between Oregon and Alaska)

SCHOOL OPEN HOUSES: All three of our area’s Catholic schools have open houses today – Our Lady of Guadalupe (35th/Myrtle) 9 am-1 pm (info), Holy Family Bilingual School (20th/Roxbury) 11 am-1 pm (info); Holy Rosary 11:30 am-1:30 pm (info).

WEST SEATTLE HISTORY: Enjoy and learn about it noon-4 pm at the Southwest Seattle Historical Society’s Log House Museum, just a block inland from Alki Beach. (61st SW/SW Stevens)

OPERA PREVIEW: Look ahead to the Seattle Opera‘s “Mary Stuart” with a free lecture 2 pm today at the West Seattle (Admiral) Library; details in our calendar listing. (2306 42nd SW)

FOLK/ROCK MUSIC … with singer/songwriter Andy Brucia at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm. (5612 California SW)

ALL-AGES OPEN MIC: Sign up at 3, music at 4, all ages, at The Skylark, with full 16-track recordings of your performance available for purchase. Info here. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

GO BACK IN TIME: 7:30 pm at Kenyon Hall – itself historic – you can go back to a century, as “theatre organist extraordinaire Dennis James and ebullient songsters Connie Corrick and Hugh Hastings return for a new three-show monthly series celebrating 1916 in sight and sound. January’s show features Charlie Chaplin in three of his greatest short comedy films from 1916—the Mutual Studios classics “Behind the Screen,” “The Pawn Shop,” and “The Rink,” artfully illuminated by Dennis at the Kenyon Hall Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ.” (7904 35th SW)

EVEN MORE … on our complete calendar.

8 options for your West Seattle Saturday

(North shore of Lincoln Park, photographed last weekend by Jim Clark)

Weekend time! Your options for today include:

WEST DUWAMISH GREENBELT TRAILS WORKSHOP: 9:30-11:30 am, you’re invited to a workshop at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) “to discuss what the future trail system in the West Duwamish Greenbelt might look like,” including “potential connections to destinations such as South Seattle College, the Duwamish Longhouse, Pathfinder School, Riverview Playfield, and others.” The workshop will be at the Chan Center on the north side of the campus, next to the Arboretum – all welcome. (6000 16th SW)

COMETA PLAYSCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: 10 am-noon, open house at Spanish-language-immersion preschool Cometa Playschool. (4402 SW Walker)

FIRE STATION 29 OPEN HOUSE: 11 am-1 pm, come see the recently completed upgrades to the North Admiral firehouse, as previewed here. (2139 Ferry SW)

WEST SEATTLE MONTESSORI OPEN HOUSE: 1-3 pm, prospective families are invited to the West Seattle Montessori School & Academy (WSB sponsor) open house for “a chance to meet our staff, teachers, and tour the facilities. You’ll be able to view samples of student work and pick up application materials.” (11215 15th SW)

VISCON CELLARS TASTING ROOM: 2-7 pm Saturdays, the tasting room is open at Viscon Cellars (new WSB sponsor) – find out more about the winery here. (5910 California SW)

SOUTHSIDE REVOLUTION JUNIOR ROLLER DERBY: 5:45 pm at Southgate Roller Rink, come cheer for Southside Revolution during its second bout of the season – a Harry Potter-themed doubleheader, with the SSR Cadets and Friends mixup at 5:45 pm, the SSR Rebels and Cherry Bomb Brawlers mixup at 7:10 pm. Admission $10 adults, $5 children 6-12, free 5 and under. All proceeds, including 50/50 raffle and bake sale, go to a medical-funds benefit for the Brawlers’ coach, who lost her fight with cancer days ago. (9646 17th SW)

NOT DEAD YET: West Seattle favorites! Not Dead Yet is live tonight at The Skylark, 9 pm. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

SCOTT M.X. TURNER: West Seattle’s Scott M.X. Turner “is joined by bluesman Zach Rourke for a night of rousing tunes” at Parliament Tavern in The Admiral District, 9-11:45 pm. No cover. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

6 options for your West Seattle Friday

(Photo by Long Bach Nguyen, looking south over the peninsula from north of The Junction)

The weekend’s in view and here are the Friday highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

HIGH-SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Seattle Lutheran is the only local high school with home games tonight: Quilcene is visiting. 6 pm girls, 7:30 pm boys. (4100 SW Genesee)

AMAZING RACE: “Race” around the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) with your family, complete challenges, and get your “passport” stamped. Free fun, 6:30 pm. (4515 36th SW)

LIVE ’60s-’70s ROCK … with the Five Buck Band at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

CLASSICAL CONCERT: 7:30 pm, The Girsky Quartet performs works by Beethoven and Schubert at Kenyon Hall. (7904 35th SW)

ROCK ‘N’ SOUL: DJ & Mrs. Plantkiller, 8 pm at Parliament Tavern. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

BOWIE, WHO, ZEPPELIN TRIBUTE BANDS … at The Skylark, 9 pm. Details in our listing. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

And a reminder …

PORT TEST PLANNED TODAY: Somewhere around “midday” (last week it was early afternoon) the Port of Seattle plans the second of nine potentially noisy tests related to its planning for modernization at West Seattle’s Terminal 5. Here’s the alert we published earlier this week.

West Seattle Thursday: Films, puns, schools, burgers – and light rail!

(Northern Flicker, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

Much to consider for the rest of your West Seattle Thursday, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

COASTLINE TURNS 1: 11 am-9 pm today, Junction burger joint Coastline celebrates its first anniversary with a variety of giveaways and promotions throughout the day. (4444 California SW)

WEST SEATTLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: 11:30 am, the annual meeting of the West Seattle Chamber starts at the Alki Masonic Center in The Junction. (4736 40th SW)

FILM FESTIVAL AT EMERALD WATER ANGLERS: 6-10 pm, a fishing-film extravaganza at Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor) in The Junction, including “film fest with works from a variety of filmmakers including Waist Deep Media, Caldwell Rohrbach, Zangs Films, Sundance Award winner Greg Hamilton and more.” Call ASAP to see if there’s still room. (42nd SW & SW Oregon)

WANT LIGHT RAIL FOR WEST SEATTLE? Then be at the West Seattle Transportation Coalition‘s “call to action” meeting at 6:30 pm, The Kenney (WSB sponsor) – details here. (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW)

SEATTLE LUTHERAN OPEN HOUSE: Prospective students are invited to visit and learn about Seattle Lutheran High School, 7-8:30 pm – details here. (4100 SW Genesee)

HOLY ROSARY INFORMATION NIGHT: Prospective parents are invited to the Holy Rosary School Hall at 7 pm – more info in our calendar listing. (42nd SW/SW Genesee)

ARTS AND POP CULTURE TRIVIA: Geeks Who Drink host Trivia Night at Treehouse Lounge in The Admiral District, 8 pm – details here. (2206 California SW)

PUNDAMONIUM! 8:30 pm at The Skylark, it’s a pun slam! If you want to compete, signups start at 7:30 pm. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

EVEN MORE … on our complete calendar!

What’s ahead for your West Seattle Wednesday

(Thanks to Colin Bishop for the photo from a tree near Alki Avenue – click for larger view)

What’s up for the rest of your Wednesday, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

FITNESS ROOM DEDICATION: As previewed here last night, the Southwest Pool Fitness Room – one decade in the making! – has a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 pm, with gifts for attendees and discounted swims afterward. (2801 SW Thistle)

RV ‘SAFE LOT’ AT HIGHLAND PARK ACTION COMMITTEE: 7 pm at the Highland Park Improvement Club, HPAC has questions for city reps including Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim and City Councilmember Lisa Herbold regarding the “safe lot” for RV/vehicle residents that the city plans at West Marginal Way SW and Highland Park Way SW. See the questions on the agenda posted here. (12th SW and SW Holden)

‘RAISING LILLY LEDBETTER’: Tonight at the monthly Poetrybridge reading/community-microphone event at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), selections from this new anthology will be read by four women, three of whom contributed to it. Read all about it here. 7 pm. (5612 California SW)

BASKETBALL SHOWDOWN: 7:30 pm at West Seattle High School, it’s the biggest game in the region tonight – the undefeated WSHS girls-varsity team facing undefeated Bishop Blanchet. (3000 California SW)

TRIVIA: Wednesdays bring the big weekly games at Talarico’s Pizza in The Junction, hosted by Phil Tavel, 8:30 pm; details in our calendar listing.

YOU’LL FIND MORE … on our complete calendar.


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6:03 AM: First note this morning: The Spirit of Kingston is on the West Seattle Water Taxi run today, because Doc Maynard is filling in for Sally Fox on the Vashon run.

8:06 AM: Still incident-free in and from West Seattle, with one hour of major commute time to go.

8:20 AM: SDOT reports a crash at 51st and Admiral Way. No SFD callout, which indicates no serious injuries.

8:36 AM: Several Seattle Fire units are responding to a call at an apartment building in the 9000 block of 35th SW, so that might cause some congestion for a while. (First units on scene aren’t seeing anything.)

8:49 AM: Call closed – units were leaving as we pulled up. Northbound traffic was getting around via the center lane.

West Seattle Tuesday: Block Watch Captains Network; art; your heart; more…

(Photo by Jim Clark – goat out for a walk at Lincoln Park last weekend!)

From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

TODDLER STORY TIME: 10:30 am at West Seattle (Admiral) Library – bring your toddler for free fun. (2306 42nd SW)

WATERCOLOR PAINTING: New class series at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) with Jennifer Carrasco starts at 6 tonight, as previewed here on Monday. Learn to paint, or work on advancing your technique. (5612 California SW)

HEART HEALTH: Free class at High Point Library with Miranda Taylor – 6:15 pm, healthy snacks and mingling; class starts at 6:30 pm. Details in our calendar listing. (35th SW/SW Raymond)

WEST SEATTLE BLOCK WATCH CAPTAINS MEETING: As previewed here last night, WSBWCN resumes its monthly meetings tonight, 6:30 pm, at the Southwest Precinct. You’ll meet SPD’s new local Community Police Team officers and hear about crime trends from precinct commander Capt. Pierre Davis. All welcome – you don’t have to be a block-watch captain or even member! (2300 SW Webster)

FAMILY STORY TIME: For ages 1-5, at Delridge Library – details in our calendar listing. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

MAYOR’S SPEECH ON THE HOMELESSNESS EMERGENCY: As previewed here last night, Mayor Murray plans a 7:30 pm speech to be broadcast/webcast via Seattle Channel (cable 21 or, aimed at a citywide audience.

BABY KETTEN KARAOKE: 9 pm at The Skylark – sing it! (3803 Delridge Way SW)

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West Seattle Monday: Benefit, book, budget…


(Sharp-shinned hawk hunting, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

Here’s what’s happening as the week begins – mostly highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

LAST WEEK FOR FREE TREE-CYCLING: If your Christmas tree hasn’t been sent off for composting yet – this is the last week you can do it for free with curbside pickup or South Transfer Station dropoff. After January 31, you will have to cut it up and dispose of it with your yard waste.

GATEWOOD ELEMENTARY KINDERGARTEN TOUR: 9 am, meet in the school library. If you didn’t see this in time or hear about it otherwise – 9 am February 11th is your next chance. (4320 SW Myrtle)

AFTERNOON BOOK GROUP: 2 pm at Southwest Library. This month, they’re reading “Exit Ghost” by Philip Roth. (35th SW & SW Henderson)

SANISLO SCHOOL TOURS: 6 pm, prospective parents are invited to tour Sanislo Elementary with principal Bruce Rhodes. (1812 SW Myrtle)

UNDERSTANDING THE SCHOOL BUDGET PROCESS: From Seattle Public Schools: “Have you ever wondered how school funding, staffing and budgets are determined, but never knew who to ask? The Seattle Public Schools finance team is excited to present an evening dedicated to understanding the school budget process.” Your new school-board rep Leslie Harris flagged us on this to get the word out. 6 pm at district HQ. More info here. (3rd S. & S. Lander)

GAME NIGHT AT MEEPLES, BENEFITING SHELTERBOX: We’ve reported here before about ShelterBox – which brings needed shelter and supplies to disaster and crisis spots around the world. 6:15 pm-8:30 pm, tonight’s game night at Meeples Games (WSB sponsor) benefits ShelterBox, and brings you a chance to learn about their work, too. (3727 California SW)

West Seattle Sunday: Learn; throw; knit; more

(Maybe you’ve seen this bald eagle at Alki Beach Park too! Photo by Laura Goodrich, shared via WSB Flickr group; click to enlarge)

Happy Sunday! If you have the time, we have the possibilities, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

WEST SEATTLE ULTIMATE FAMILY FRISBEE: Get your disc on, 10 am at Walt Hundley Playfield in High Point. (34th SW/SW Myrtle)

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm in The Junction. Even in the heart of winter, you’ll find fresh vegetables and fruit, plus local cheese, cider, beer, more. Often music, too! This week’s spotlight: Fermented food. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)

THUNDER ROAD GUITARS CLOSED TODAY: The team at Thunder Road Guitars (WSB sponsor) is off getting new merchandise today, so the store in The Junction is closed, back open on Tuesday. (4736 California SW)

HELP BEAUTIFY THE CHILBERG LINK: Another work party for the volunteers we reported on earlier this weekend, who are beautifying a sloped median (with edible gardening, too), 10:30 am-12:30 pm, help, cardboard, and yard-waste-bin space all welcome. (Chilberg between Douglas and Genesee)

VISIT THE MUSEUM: The Log House Museum, HQ of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, is there on Alki, waiting for you to come see what’s inside – a trip back in time, featuring the Ivar exhibit! Noon-4 pm. (61st SW/SW Stevens)

FREE CLASS:Attract Winter Birds to Your Yard” is the free class at West Seattle Nursery this afternoon, 1-2 pm. (California SW/SW Brandon)

‘REALLY REALLY’: First 3 pm Sunday matinée for the newest ArtsWest production. (4711 California SW)

DON’T KNIT ALONE: Knit at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 5:30-7 pm. (5612 California SW)

LOOK INTO THE FUTURE … via our complete calendar!

West Seattle Saturday: Shop, adopt, talk, dine…

(Black turnstone, photographed by Mark Wangerin – click for larger view)

From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and our other files, highlights of what’s up for your Saturday:

HELP BEAUTIFY THE CHILBERG LINK: 10:30 am-12:30 pm work party on Chilberg between Douglas and Genesee as Friends of the Chilberg Link work on transforming a sloped median – details in our story from last night.

REOPENING DAY FOR CLICK! DESIGN THAT FITS: The two-week-plus winter break for Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) is over and the shop reopens today at 11 am. (4540 California SW)

ADOPT A PET! The Humane Society’s MaxMobile is expected at Mud Bay in The Admiral District, 11 am-1 pm. (2611 California SW)

VIETNAMESE STORY TIME: 11:30 am at Delridge Library, bring kids 3 and up for stories, songs, and rhymes in Vietnamese. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

CLIMATE CONVERSATION AT THE LONGHOUSE: 1-5 pm at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse, sponsored by the Green Party of Washington, intended to continue the dialogue that started at the Paris climate conference. Featured speaker, global activist Laurence Braham, also including local activist Sarra Tekola and members of the Tulalip, Lummi, and Saanich tribes. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

STUDENT SHOWCASE: 2-5 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), hear live music with the students of Rebeqa Rivers – more info here. (5612 California SW)

GIFTS FROM THE EARTH: 5 pm at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor), annual celebration of SSC’s food, wine, and student achievement. Check to see if tickets remain. (6000 16th SW)

MIDNIGHT SERENADERS: 7:30 pm at historic Kenyon Hall, Portland-based band with “an infectious and irreverent take on the raucous and carefree music of The Jazz Age.” More info in our calendar listing. (7904 35th SW)

TREEHOUSE LOUNGE SHOWCASE: Live music, 8-11 pm, at Treehouse Lounge in The Admiral District. (2206 California SW)

WEST SIDE GLORY: “Comedy, Music, Drag, Burlesque and GoGo Bears!” at The Skylark, 9 pm, 21+ – more in our calendar listing. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

West Seattle Friday: From Legos to live music…

(Photo by Don Brubeck)

Friday and the weekend is almost here! First, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

WEST SEATTLE GARDEN CLUB: This month’s meeting is under way, but there’s still time to join some of the upcoming sessions. Info in our calendar listing. It’s happening in building 3 at Daystar. (2615 SW Barton)

LEGO EXTRAVAGANZA: 6:30 pm at the West Seattle Family YMCA (WSB sponsor), come build whatever you can dream up! Prizes in certain age groups. Free. The Y welcomes Lego donations, too, if you have some that are no longer needed. (4515 36th SW)

WANT TO TEACH YOGA? Informal information night at Sound Yoga (WSB sponsor), 7 pm – info in our calendar listing. (5639 California SW)

HIGH-SCHOOL BASKETBALL: The only team home tonight is Seattle Lutheran High School, hosting nearby Shorewood Christian – girls play at 6, boys at 7:30, at the SLHS gym. (4100 SW Genesee)

LIVE MUSIC AT C & P: Singer/songwriter Mitchell Mirande performs at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

CD RELEASE CONCERT: Daisy Day Band‘s CD release, plus Death Muffins, 9 pm at The Skylark. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

West Seattle Thursday: Design Review x 2, Alki CC, student concert, belly dancing, more!

(Panorama from Harbor Island, by Jim Edwards)

Interested in development? Two local meetings might interest you. Lots of entertainment tonight too. From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

DESIGN REVIEW X 2: Two Alki projects are on the agenda for the Southwest Design Review Board tonight – 6:30 pm, second review for the 1307 Harbor SW mixed-use project that includes the ex-Alki Tavern site, details and project packet linked here; 8 pm, 1250 Alki SW, the ~100-apartment project known as Perch, as previewed here on Wednesday. Both meetings have public-comment opportunities; both are upstairs at the Sisson Building, home of the Senior Center of West Seattle. (California SW/SW Oregon)

ALKI COMMUNITY COUNCIL: Earlier meeting time tonight so that members can get to the aforementioned Design Review Board meeting for Perch. ACC starts at 6:30 pm in the parlor at Alki UCC, with topics including Statue of Liberty Plaza maintenance plus a discussion with the VP of real estate for West Coast Self-Storage, regarding a “new development that will involve a street vacation for 29th SW, east of Harbor and north of ActivSpace,” according to ACC president Tony Fragada. (6115 SW Hinds)

WEST SEATTLE TIMEBANK: 6:30 pm potluck, 7 pm meeting at the Senior Center of West Seattle – perfect time to get involved with the West Seattle Timebank – details in our calendar listing. (California/Oregon)

DENNY/SEALTH CONCERT: 7 pm at the Chief Sealth International High School auditorium, free concert featuring the Denny Junior Bands, Denny Junior Orchestra, Beginning Orchestra, Denny Jazz, and Mariachi. (2600 SW Thistle)

OPEN MIC – UNPLUGGED! At C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7 pm. (5612 California SW)

BELLY DANCING: Monthly free, all-ages Alauda showcase at The Skylark, 7:30 pm. (3803 California SW)

OPENING NIGHT FOR ‘REALLY REALLY’: Official opening night at ArtsWest Playhouse for “Really Really” – details in our calendar listing. (4711 California SW)

‘GEEKS WHO DRINK’ TRIVIA NIGHT: 8 pm at Treehouse Lounge in The Admiral District – details in our calendar listing. (2206 California SW)


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