(Ruby crown kinglet, photographed near a backyard feeder last week by Robin)
Most – but not all – of tonight’s highlights are from the WSB West Seattle Holiday Events and Info Guide, which we continue to update daily, both removing what’s already happened and adding new events we get word of – so please keep sending them (email@example.com), and keep checking the guide, including the list of giving opportunities. Now, on with tonight:
COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS PARTY: 3rd annual Christmas Party for the West Seattle community from 6 pm-9 pm at Mars Hill Church. From the announcement: “We’re going to have live music, crafts, caroling, Santa’s Workshop for kids, hot chocolate, dessert buffet, tree lighting, and free pictures with Santa!” (35th/Ida)
MUDHONEY AND MUDHONEY AT FULL TILT: As first reported here last week, Mudhoney the music legend will perform at Full Tilt Ice Cream‘s White Center store tonight during the premiere party for its Mudhoney flavor. Party at 7, music at 8. (9629 16th SW)
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From the year-round WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and seasonal Holiday Events/Info Guide, highlights for today/tonight:
CITY COUNCIL TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE: Meeting under way right now has a beefy agenda including a discussion that chair Councilmember Tom Rasmussen promises will include last week’s bridge problems, as well as the proposed Bicycle Master Plan Update. Here’s the agenda; it’s live via Seattle Channel cable or website.
WEST SEATTLE TRANSPORTATION COALITION: Last week’s bridge problems are also part of the agenda for tonight’s West Seattle Transportation Coalition board meeting, 6:30 pm at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center. See the full agenda here. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)
FIND OUT ABOUT FOSTER CARE AND ADOPTION: The group Families Like Ours welcomes you to an informational meeting, 6-8 pm at Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor), to learn more about placement agencies, types of adoption, the process, the cost of adoption/foster care, and how to get started. (3940 41st SW)
ADMIRAL NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: Tonight the ANA looks back at 2013 and ahead to 2014 – via a visioning exercise – along with celebrating the holidays, and planning next Saturday’s Adopt-A-Street cleanup. The meeting (with coffee and hors d’oeuvres) is NOT at the usual location – 7 pm at the city-landmark The Sanctuary at Admiral. (2656 42nd SW)
HOLIDAY CONCERT #1: The West Seattle Debut and Intermediate Orchestras with Endolyne Children’s Choir invite you to share an evening of adventure near and far. Then sing in the holidays with traditional carols and Jingle Bell Rock! 6:30 pm at Chief Sealth International High School Auditorium. (2600 SW Thistle)
HOLIDAY CONCERT #2: Seattle Metropolitan Glee Club, based in West Seattle, presents its annual Holiday Concert at 7 pm at the Alki Masonic Center. Admission is by donation. There will be treats after the concert, and rumor has it that Santa will make an appearance. The Glee Club is also collecting gently used or new clothing items (coats, underwear, socks, etc.) for Mary’s Place, a shelter for women and children in need. (4736 40th SW)
Frosty the Heron? Thanks to David Hutchinson for sharing the photo from Constellation Park during Friday’s frosty sunset. Forecasters say it’s warming up after today – but first, another busy weekend day of highlights!
BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT: The weekend-long Seattle Jam wheelchair-basketball tournament is scheduled for games until 1:30 pm today at West Seattle High School. (3000 California SW)
HOLIDAY ART SALE: More than a dozen artists, 10 am-4 pm. (3245 60th SW)
‘GIFTED’: 11 am-6 pm at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), it’s “Gifted,” the 5th annual holiday arts/crafts show. (6451 California SW)
ECLECTIC HOLIDAY STUDIO SALE: 10-5. Ceramics, jewelry, prints, encaustics, wine toppers, small art quilts and more. All handmade. (5417 42nd SW)
ENCORE DAY FOR PEACE LUTHERAN BAZAAR: First-ever holiday bazaar at Peace Lutheran Church has been extended – stop by noon-3 pm today for holiday shopping! (39th/Thistle)
“EX-WESTWOOD SANTA”: CAPERS is hosting the Santa known for many years at Westwood Village for DIY Santa photos (you take the picture) again today from 1 to 5. Suggested donation per sitting $10. All donations will benefit the West Seattle Food Bank. (4525 California SW) P.S. See his upcoming visits and the lineup of all West Seattle Santa visits in our Holiday Guide.
MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET: The first matinee of the “Live Radio Play” version of the Christmas classic is presented by Twelfth Night Productions at 3:00 pm at Kenyon Hall. Tickets available online at brownpapertickets.com/event/509548 or an hour before showtime at the venue box office. (7904 35th SW)
LADIES MUSICAL CLUB: Free concert at West Seattle (Admiral) Library, 3 pm. (2306 42nd SW)
ST. NICHOLAS FAIRE: The annual evening bazaar-and-more event at First Lutheran Church of West Seattle, 4 pm-7 pm, raising money for West Seattle Food Bank and West Seattle Helpline. Admission: $5 per person w/canned food item or $15 per family w/food donation for each family member; without a donation, $10 per person or $25/family. Appetizers and spiced cider; elegant bake sale items; silent auction with variety of gift baskets – puzzles, games, wine, art and educational activities, gift certificates to events and restaurants, food-themed baskets, etc – ring toss game to win wine prizes, and wine tasting. (4105 California SW)
GINGERBREAD HOUSE-BUILDING: Come watch the competition, which will be judged. The building begins at @ 5 pm in the WSCC Activity Center. (4400 42nd Ave SW)
SSCC COMMUNITY CHOIR CONCERT: South Seattle Community College presents a free choir concert at 7 pm. Go to Olympic Hall, Room 120, the tall building at the south end of campus. Works by Willan, Mager, Thomas and Shaw; audience singalong too! (6000 16th SW)
(Reader photo: Frozen bubbles over ice-shrouded pebbles!)
Bundle up and get out! Hundreds of your neighbors in West Seattle (and a bit beyond) have been getting ready all year for this one huge day – the LONG list of highlights from the WSB Holiday Events/Info Guide and our year-round calendar:
KIWANIS PANCAKE BREAKFAST: On until 11 – details and photos in our previous story. (40th/Edmunds)
SCHMITZ PARK ELEMENTARY HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR: At the school, 10 am-3 pm. **SPECIAL FUNDRAISER:** The third-graders are having a bake sale and plan to donate half their proceeds to the West Seattle Elementary crowdfunding effort for outdoor education. (5000 SW Spokane)
WSUU ARTS/CRAFTS SHOW/SALE: 4th annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Show at Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation Social Hall, 10 am-4 pm, including jewelry, felted hats, knits, watercolor and acrylic paintings, designer bags and accessories, weaving, pottery, greeting cards, stocking stuffers, edible holiday goodies, glass art, and more. Free refreshments. (7141 California SW)
ARROWHEAD GARDENS HOLIDAY BAZAAR. 10 am to 3 pm in building “B,” with artists displaying their quality handcrafted gifts and collectables – jewelry, holiday cards, gift tags, ornaments, wreaths, crochet hats and scarves, more. Music and refreshments too. (9220 2nd SW)
BENEFIT RUMMAGE SALE: 10 am-7 pm, VFW Hall in The Triangle, proceeds benefiting student world travel. (36th/Alaska)
SANTA PHOTOS: “Santa Al” is at JF Henry (WSB sponsor) from 10 am-1 pm. Later from 1:30-4:30 pm, he’ll be at Smallclothes. Bring your own camera to either location, where you can take your shot with “Jolly Old St. Nick” – or for a $5 fee, you can get a photo taken with a print made on-site. … Also, “Ex-Westwood Santa” is at CAPERS for DIY Santa photos (you take the picture) from 1 to 5. Suggested donation per sitting $10. All donations will benefit the West Seattle Food Bank.
HOLIDAY ART SALE: More than a dozen artists in one Alki spot, 10 am-6 pm. (3245 60th SW)
(Added 10:11 am: “Santa Paws” photo shared by Doug Baldwin)
SANTA PAWS: Photos with Santa Claus and your pet(s)! West Seattle Windermere in The Junction, 10 am-1 pm. Cash or nonperishable food donations, to benefit charity (4526 California SW)
ECLECTIC HOLIDAY STUDIO SALE Eclectic Holiday Studio Sale, 12-5, with ceramics, jewelry, prints, encaustics, wine toppers, small art quilts, and more. All handmade from local artists. … “Bring your camera and take a photo with a stuffed but friendly Santa from the old dime store!” (5417 42nd SW)
KNOW A ‘ROSIE THE RIVETER’? Georgie Bright Kunkel and other local “Rosies” are meeting today, 1:30 pm – but you have to call in advance – details here.
BE IN A VIDEO! West Seattle Office Junction needs extras for a promotional video they’re shooting 2-3:30 pm today. “No pay, just fun – bring a laptop and sit at a desk pretending to work,” says co-proprietor Stefan. Just show up! (5230-B California SW)
SOUTH PARK ART UNDER $100: One of the biggest arts/crafts sales of the holiday season, and we know some West Seattle artists are among those participating. 2-9 pm at South Park Community Center; see details here. (8319 8th Ave. S.)
WINTERFEST: Big event at Concord International Elementary School in South Park – fun and fundraising! 2-6 pm, performances, folk dancing, raffles, carnival games, face-painting, food, kids’ crafts, holiday photos, more. Admission $1. (723 S. Concord St.)
ST. JOHN’S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TEA, 2-5 pm at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church: “Not to be missed, this fun and festive Christmas Tea includes a Silent Auction.” (California/Hanford)
BLITHE BAZAAR: This afternoon/evening in downtown White Center, you can shop the 4th annual Blithe Bazaar, “a cozy evening of sips, sweets, and shopping, supporting local artisans and crafters.” Hosted by Center Studio (WSB sponsor). (9611 16th SW)
12 BARS OF CHRISTMAS PUB CRAWL with 12 stops, starting at A Terrible Beauty at 4 pm. Full schedule, map, etc. on this Facebook event page.
CHRISTMAS SHIP VISITS: Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship in West Seattle! 4:20-4:40 pm at Lowman Beach, 5:10-5:30 pm at Alki Beach. Bonfires, caroling, music from the onboard chorus.
WHILE YOU ARE AT ALKI FOR THE CHRISTMAS SHIP, #2: Christmas Ships and Sips at Coastal! “Join us for the annual Christmas Ship (visit) on Alki and shop an exclusive Brooklyn Grace Trunk show! The ship will be singing around 5:30 pm, giving plenty of time before and after to come in for some holiday cheer in a cup and great sales!” 4-7 pm. (2532 Alki SW)
TREE LIGHTING IN THE JUNCTION: 10th annual West Seattle Junction Hometown Holidays Christmas Tree Lighting, 5 pm. Brent Amaker emcees, Endolyne Children’s Choir, vocalists Mark Pickerel and Jay Cates, and Chief Sealth International HS Marching Band perform. Junction Plaza Park (42nd/Alaska)
TREE LIGHTING IN SOUTH DELRIDGE: White Center Tree Lighting is at Delridge Triangle Park, 5 pm. (16th/Delridge/Roxbury)
ELLIS BROTHERS JAZZ TRIO WINTER CONCERT 7-8:30 pm at Hiawatha Community Center. West Seattle’s Ellis Brothers (Jack, 14, and twins, Luke and Ben, 12) will perform their interpretations of jazz standards and a some holiday favorites. Light refreshments will be served by Emeritus-Admiral Heights (WSB sponsor). Tickets are $5 at the door. (2700 California SW)
That’s the crane at 5020 California SW, where The Blake is under construction; so far, it’s the only one of West Seattle’s three current construction cranes bearing Christmas lights. Speaking of development, it’s the subject of two meetings that are among highlights for today/tonight from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and Holiday Guide:
PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: 11 am at Southwest Library. (35th/Henderson)
FREE ‘ON STAGE’ DISCUSSION @ ARTSWEST: As “Little Women: The Musical” continues at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor), tonight it’s preceded by a “Stories of the Civil War” discussion event you can attend for free, 6-6:45 pm, even if you’re not staying for the 7:30 pm performance. Details here. (4711 California SW)
SHOP LATE THURSDAY – WEST SEATTLE CYCLERY SALE: Every Thursday until Christmas, many of The Junction’s independent local businesses are staying open until 9 pm for your gift-shopping convenience. Among them: West Seattle Cyclery (WSB sponsor), which has a one-day sale – good all day/night, 10 am-9 pm – for the occasion, 20 percent off all kids’ bicycles and accessories. (4508 California SW)
SHOP LATE THURSDAY – FLEURT OPEN HOUSE: While you’re in The Junction, stop by Fleurt (WSB sponsor) for the flower and gift shop’s Holiday Open House, featuring snacks and giveaways, 6-8 pm. (4536 California SW)
DESIGN REVIEW DOUBLEHEADER: Tonight’s meeting of the Southwest Design Review Board includes two Junction-area projects – 4535 44th SW (38 units, no parking spaces; see the packet here) at 6:30 pm, 4745 40th SW (150 units, 1,000 SF of commercial space, 116 parking spaces; see the packet here) at 8 pm, upstairs hall at the Senior Center of West Seattle. (California/Oregon)
FREE MOVIE TO HELP FREE ‘LOLITA’: At the Admiral Theater tonight, it’s the awareness-raising free movie mentioned here last month – local students have rented an auditorium to show “Lolita, Slave to Entertainment” as part of the campaign to free “Lolita,” originally known as Tokitae, the last surviving orca captured in Puget Sound, still captive at a Florida amusement park. Doors open 6:30 pm, movie at 7. (2343 California SW)
COMMUNITY MEETING ABOUT MORGAN JUNCTION DEVELOPMENT: 7 pm at The Kenney (WSB sponsor), community members including Morgan Community Association leaders have organized an unofficial meeting to talk about the 6917 California SW development (30 apartments, no parking spaces) and the development process in general, with city Department of Planning and Development managers on hand. All welcome. (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW)
(Photographed this morning by Emily Austin, shared via Instagram)
Someone left that on West Seattle’s northeast-facing shore – sweet way to start the day. Here are highlights of what’s ahead, from the year-round WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and the seasonal WSB Holiday Guide:
BABY STORY TIME: Home with a wee one? Bring her/him to High Point Branch Library at 11:30 am for Baby Story Time. (35th/Raymond)
EARLY DAYS: Then right afterward, bring your baby to the Early Days drop-in support group, meeting Wednesdays noon-2 pm at Nurturing Expressions (WSB sponsor) in The Junction – details here.
PRIVACY ADVOCATES @ COUNCIL COMMITTEE: The agenda for today’s 2 pm meeting of the City Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee includes items that privacy advocates say relate to the wireless-mesh network that includes the sites where Seattle Police surveillance cameras are installed, in West Seattle and elsewhere, north to Shilshole, and they’re planning to speak out during the public-comment period at the meeting’s start. Details are on their new Facebook page.
EIGHTH AND FINAL NIGHT OF HANUKKAH … starts at sundown, 4:19 pm.
(added) INTERESTED IN K-5 STEM? Tonight’s a great night for prospective families to visit, says the K-5 STEM PTA, because of the Book Fair Blizzard. 5:30-8 pm. (Warm apple cider, bake sale, and gift wrapping) Books and gifts from pre-school through 6th grade. More info. on the PTA web site, where you can also find Book Talks from K-5 STEM 5th-graders. (5950 Delridge Way SW)
NIGHTLIFE: Tonight’s listings include a Pearl Jam pre-func party (since Friday’s the KeyArena concert) at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), 7 pm … Karaoke with Kelli at OutWest Bar, 8:30 pm … more on the calendar!
(Water Taxi @ Seacrest, Monday afternoon photo by Bill Bacon)
Two groups of highlights today – first, from the year-round WSB West Seattle Event Calendar (go there for even more today/tonight listings):
REGISTRATION FOR WINTER CLASSES/PROGRAMS @ WEST SEATTLE COMMUNITY CENTERS: At noon today, registration opens for the programs/classes in the winter brochure for city-run West Seattle/South Park community centers.
METRO-CUTS MEETING: Until and unless a $olution is found for Metro’s money woes, the plan for cuts is still on, and they’re the subject of a community meeting tonight at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 6-8 pm. Open-house format with a presentation/small-group discussions scheduled at 7, per Metro. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
WESTWOOD/ROXHILL/ARBOR HEIGHTS COUNCIL: 6:15 pm, Southwest Branch Library. Agenda highlights include updates on the Barton Basin CSO project and Roxhill Park cleanup/safety. (35th/Henderson)
From the updated-daily-as-additions-arrive WSB Holiday Events and Info Guide:
(One of the holiday wreaths that went up in The Junction on Monday)
HOLIDAY GIVING – ‘SOCK IT TO HOMELESSNESS’: Today, you have probably heard, has been dubbed “Giving Tuesday.” The Holiday Guide includes multiple ideas for doing that during the holiday season, including this one we just added, sent by Tony @ Java Bean Coffee in Luna Park:
Java Bean’s Annual “SOCK-IT” TO HOMELESSNESS sock drive kicks off! Java Bean at 2920 Avalon Way SW will be collecting new pairs of white socks through December 14th. All donations benefit Operation Nightwatch here in Seattle.
So buy some socks and drop ‘em off.
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: It’s Holiday Open House week at AAA Washington‘s West Seattle office (WSB sponsor), 9 am-6 pm daily, in Jefferson Square. 15 percent off all travel-store merchandise! (4734 42nd SW)
(Photo by Don Brubeck, from the bike trail)
Happy Monday! Such a beautiful day already that, thanks to WSB readers, we have two “beauty shots” with which to start the daily preview … both from this morning.
OPEN HOUSE WEEK AT AAA: Holiday Open House week today (and daily through Friday) at AAA Washington‘s West Seattle office (WSB sponsor), 9 am-6 pm, in Jefferson Square. 15 percent off all travel-store merchandise! (4734 42nd SW)
6TH NIGHT OF HANUKKAH: The Jewish Festival of Lights begins its sixth of eight nights tonight at sunset, which (per the WSB Weather page) is at 4:19 pm.
(Photo by WSB’s Patrick Sand)
FINAL NIGHT AT THE OLD ‘BRIDGE‘: The photo above is from Sunday afternoon, when 100+ people gathered outside The Bridge at 35th/Avalon for a photo memory before, as the signboard behind them says, it’s on to California/Graham. They’re open tonight at the original location for one last night, featuring Monday Night Football with the sound up, then closed for the move to the newly renovated space. (4439 35th SW)
NEW SERIES OF KARATE CLASSES: Alki Community Center presents another series of beginners’ karate classes, ages 7 and up, Mondays-Wednesdays, 6 pm tonight. Call the center to ask about registration; the number and other details are in our calendar listing. (5817 SW Stevens)
FAMILY STORY TIME: 6:30 pm at High Point Branch Library. (35th/Raymond)
SHOPPING FOR A TREE? A lineup of local tree lots is one of the lists you’ll find in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Events and Info Guide, including West Seattle and White Center.
DUWAMISH LONGHOUSE NATIVE HOLIDAY GIFT FAIR: It’s the final day of the three-day gift fair featuring the work of Native arts/crafts creators at the Duwamish Longhouse in West Seattle, 10 am-4:30 pm; details here. Here’s our report from a Friday visit. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Yes, even on holiday weekends, the Farmers’ Market is there 10 am-2 pm Sundays. (44th/Alaska)
SANTA PHOTOS AND MORE IN THE JUNCTION: As previewed here last week, today is the one and only day that West Seattle Junction Hometown Holidays (co-sponsored by WSB) is offering a chance for professional Santa photos; Junction Plaza Park is scheduled to become Santa’s Workshop, 11 am-3 pm, with Donna Ryan photographing Santa and kids for a suggested $15 donation to charity, plus activities for all visitors. If there are any changes because of the blustery weather, we’ll update here, as we plan to be in The Junction checking things out in advance. (42nd/Alaska) **SEE 10:36 AM UPDATE HERE**
WEST SEATTLE COOKING CLUB: Got a UK-style recipe? Make it and bring the results to today’s 3 pm meetup of the West Seattle Cooking Club at Beveridge Place Pub in Morgan Junction. (6419 California SW)
‘EPIC PHOTO’ AT THE BRIDGE: Today is the day that, before The Bridge closes its original location (tomorrow is the final night), they invite patrons past and present to come join in an “epic” group photo under the readerboard, 3 pm. (35th just south of Avalon)
MENASHE FAMILY LIGHTS: First official night, starting at 5 pm, for West Seattle’s most-aglow home, as previewed here. (5605 Beach Drive SW)
And outside West Seattle …
POINT ROBINSON LIGHTHOUSE HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: We hear now and then from groups on Vashon/Maury Islands who want to let you know what’s going on right across the water. That includes an invitation to today’s noon-4 pm Holiday Open House event at Point Robinson Lighthouse; details/map here.
(Great blue heron photographed by Danny McMillin, shared via the WSB Flickr group)
Happy Saturday! Today’s preview is in two parts; since this is a big day for holiday-gift shopping at local independent businesses, we’re breaking that out separately next, following this list of non-shopping highlights:
BASKETBALL JAMBOREE: As previewed here (with schedule), it’s a big day of high-school basketball in the gyms on the adjacent campuses of Chief Sealth International High School and Denny International Middle School, noon-~8 pm. Sealth is at 2600 SW Thistle; Denny is at 2601 SW Kenyon.
KITTY HARBOR: Just a few weekends left this year at West Seattle’s cat/kitten adoption center north of the bridge – if you can offer a forever home as your gift this holiday, check ‘em out, noon-6 pm. (3422 Harbor SW)
WEST SEATTLE LIGHTS/HELMSTETLER FAMILY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR: The peninsula’s brightest music-synched light show officially launches its season with a lighting ceremony at 7 pm. This year’s new features include a talking-snowman emcee, whose name will be revealed during the ceremony; more info in this preview. No admission charge but bring nonperishable food for the West Seattle Food Bank! And note that the 3900 block of SW Charlestown will be closed for the event – the only time of the season that you can watch in the street; otherwise, viewing areas are from the sidewalk or in/on a parked vehicle. (3908 SW Charlestown)
‘LITTLE WOMEN, THE MUSICAL’: Night 2 for the ArtsWest (WSB sponsor) holiday-season production of the classic story, 7:30 pm – details in our calendar listing. (4711 California SW)
LIVE MUSIC: Various venues, as you’ll see on the calendar, including: Vocalist Travis Bracht @ Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) tonight at 9:30 pm, in a show that’s being recorded by local filmmaker Jamie Chamberlin for a live DVD. (6451 California SW)
A few quick notes for the busy post-holiday:
TRANSIT: Metro’s on the “reduced weekday/no UW” schedule today. No Water Taxi.
CLOSED/OPEN NOTES: Seattle Parks-run community centers and Southwest Pool are closed again today. Most if not all schools are closed. Seattle Public Libraries are open.
PARADE DOWNTOWN: 9 am is start time for the My Macy’s Holiday Parade, with West Seattle participants including the West Seattle High School and Chief Sealth International High School bands, the Salty’s (WSB sponsor) Nutcrackers, and more. See our preview for the route; note there are detours downtown around that route (and there’ll be others for the star lighting and fireworks at 5 pm).
NATIVE HOLIDAY GIFT FAIR: First of three days for the annual gift fair at the Duwamish Longhouse, 10 am-4:30 pm. Details in our calendar listing. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)
THUNDER ROAD GUITARS ANNIVERSARY SALE: Don’t go to the mall – “shop small” (businesses) EVERY day this holiday season! One of the West Seattle shops where you can do it today is Thunder Road Guitars (WSB sponsor), celebrating its 1st anniversary with a big sale. (3916 California SW)
CHRISTMAS TREES: Opening day for the Holy Rosary School Tree Lot (WSB sponsor) at 41st and Dakota and Son-In-Law Tree Farm on Alki; most others are already open, and listed in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Events and Info Guide.
SANTA PHOTOS: At Westwood Village, they start today; Sunday is the big day in The Junction; you’ll find other opportunities elsewhere later in the season, and that info is also in the Holiday Guide.
(Photo credit added! By Flickr member old desolate, via the WSB Flickr group)
Hours until Hanukkah (starting at sunset tonight), one day until Thanksgiving, exactly four weeks until Christmas, five weeks until New Year’s Day … but before we get too much further into this sunny Wednesday, a few quick notes from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and our Holiday Events and Info Guide:
SCHOOL’S OUT EARLY: Seattle Public Schools get out one hour early today, with the four-day holiday weekend to follow, back in session Monday.
DONATE TURKEYS TODAY, DESSERT AND WARM CLOTHES TOMORROW: Last call for last-minute turkey donations to local food banks – and a reminder about dessert and warm clothes donations welcomed for tomorrow’s free community dinner in Fauntleroy. Details on all of the above are here.
THANKSGIVING EVE PARTY: Special event just getting under way at The Beer Junction:
Before you stuff yourselves with turkey, come join us as we tap on the bartop a firkin of Sierra Nevada’s Celebration Ale (one of only a few sent to the state). We’ll also be tapping our very last keg of the year of Southern Tier’s Pumking, as well as their Warlock Imperial Pumpkin Stout. In addition we’ll be tapping our last keg of the custom beer blend Elliot Bay Brewing Companydid for our Pumpkin Junction fest (a blend of 50% of their 2013 Smashing Pumpkin, 35% 2012 Bourbon Aged Imperial Stout, and 15% 2012 Bourbon Aged Barleywine). The 3 pumpkin beers (Pumking, Warlock, Pumpkin Junction) go on tap at 11 AM. The Sierra Nevada firkin will be tapped at 4 pm.
(4511 California SW)
THANKSGIVING EVE MUSIC: 9:30 tonight at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor):
Jonny Smokes’ annual Thanksgiving Eve show is one of the more popular live music events we do here. A one man band, Jonny brings an entire production built around his bottomless catalogue of old and new classic rock, the Seattle sound and a few surprises.
(6451 California SW)
AND AS FOR TOMORROW … The WSB Holiday Guide includes, for Thanksgiving Day:
*Where to get coffee
*Special morning charity-benefit workouts
*What hours the grocery stores are open
*Which restaurants are open if you’re not cooking
*Holiday church services (for tonight, too)
The Thanksgiving information is right at the top of the Holiday Guide page. Not too late to let us know about changes/additions for tomorrow – but please send to firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP! Thanks!
TURKEY DONATIONS: Can you get a turkey or two (or …) to one or both local food banks? Times/locations here.
OTHER HOLIDAY INFO: We’re updating the WSB West Seattle Holiday Events and Info Guide again this morning. Right now, it starts with a long list of Thanksgiving information – including free community dinners and which restaurants/grocery stores/coffee shops are open on the holiday itself – and holiday info all the way through New Year’s follows. (Find it any time from its tab under the header on all WSB pages, the one lettered in red as HOLIDAYS.)
OWLING/TOURING LINCOLN PARK AT DUSK: A non-holiday highlight on the calendar for tonight – 6:30 pm, go owling and touring with naturalist Stewart Wechsler at Lincoln Park; more details here.
OTHER NON-HOLIDAY EVENTS TODAY/TONIGHT (AND BEYOND): Browse the frequently updated WSB West Seattle Event Calendar whenever you have a minute to spare. Mouse over the right side of any line and click the plus sign to open a preview, then click “read more” for the full entry, usually including a map.
(Constellation Park photo from Sunday by Flickr member ChiDuong, shared via WSB Flickr group)
Welcome to the first big holiday week – three days until Thanksgiving, two and a half until the start of Hanukkah (at sunset Wednesday). When you get some time, browse the WSB West Seattle Holiday Events and Info Guide, which evolves throughout the season but currently features these lists, in this order:
*Thanksgiving (including which restaurants/coffee shops/grocery stores are open on the holiday itself)
*Holiday bazaars, business open houses/special events
*Photos with Santa
*Christmas tree lots
*Holiday lights (send us info on yours – or ones you see!)
*Junction Hometown Holidays (co-sponsored by WSB)
*Holiday concerts, singalongs
*Holiday plays/other performances
*Christmas Ship’s West Seattle visits
*Giving opportunities/donation drives/fundraisers
*Church schedules (except for Thanksgiving Eve/Day services, which are under the THANKSGIVING heading)
*New Year’s Eve and Day
We update the guide at least once a day, removing expired listings and adding new ones, all the way up until New Year’s Day – just keep letting us know what’s missing, what’s just been scheduled, what needs to be updated … email@example.com – thanks!
Now, from both the Holiday Guide and our regular year-round West Seattle Event Calendar, a few highlights for tonight:
FAMILY STORY TIME: 6:30 pm at High Point Library; as always, free! (35th/Raymond)
TRIVIA TIME: During a quiet week like this, we can showcase more of the regular calendar items – like these: Monday is a big night for trivia/quizzes at local venues – 7 pm at Christo’s on Alki (2508 Alki SW); 7:30 pm with Lindsay at Outwest Bar (California/Brandon); 8 pm, pub-quiz night at Shadowland (4458 California SW).
(East-facing camera on the West Seattle Bridge; see other cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Give yourself extra time to get where you are going this morning. We say that for multiple reasons: First, it’s foggy and cold, so the roads are slick. Second, after President Obama’s overnight stay downtown, his motorcade will be back on the move to Sea-Tac after 8 am (if not sooner), which will mean some traffic effects, along with the overnight security closures, as tweeted by SDOT:
Road closures remain around Westin Hotel for presidential visit. Give yourself extra time if driving near area during morning commute.
— seattledot (@seattledot) November 25, 2013
Other notes this morning:
DOWNTOWN BUS STOP: If you ride Metro between West Seattle and downtown, note that the stop on Columbia east of 2nd remains closed through Wednesday – here’s the advisory.
HOLIDAY TRANSIT CHANGES THURSDAY/FRIDAY: Early reminder, Metro will be on a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving Day, and “reduced weekday/no UW” on Friday. The Water Taxi will not run at all either day. (And even if you don’t use transit, if you have to go downtown Friday morning, remember the holiday parade, which has some West Seattle participants – more on that later today.)
7:24 AM: The bridge was socked in earlier; not any more. Presidential-motorcade security is reported to be ready to go; we’re monitoring multiple channels including scanner, TV, and Twitter, and will make a note here when the motorcade leaves.
8:11 AM: KING 5 reports the motorcade-related road closures between downtown and Sea-Tac are kicking in, so the President will apparently be on the move shortly. From WSDOT: “Roadway closures starting: SB I-5 starting at Mercer including ramps, 405 near Southcenter to SB 5, I-90 to SB I-5, WB 518.”
8:31 AM: KING 5 is now showing the motorcade leaving.
8:51 AM: Per WSDOT via Twitter, the president is arriving at the airport (TV shows a fogged-in view of Air Force One):
OK, everything is back open road-wise.
— WSDOT Traffic (@wsdot_traffic) November 25, 2013
8:55 PM: Via live KING 5 coverage, we’ve seen the President board Air Force One after the trademark wave. Will add one more note after we see the takeoff; he’s headed for San Francisco, and then Los Angeles tonight.
9:09 AM: Air Force One has taken off, to the south so no West Seattle flyby.
(The brant are back! Photo by Danny McMillin, shared via the WSB Flickr group)
Looking ahead to your West Seattle (and a bit beyond) Sunday, we start with two traffic notes:
JUNCTION TRAFFIC ALERT: Again today, one block of SW Alaska is scheduled to be closed to vehicle traffic, 7 am-10 pm, for utility work related to the construction project between California and 42nd. The sidewalk on the north side of the street remains open.
PRESIDENTIAL SCHEDULE: If you are headed eastward this afternoon/evening, take note of President Obama‘s visit. This time, he is scheduled to fly into Sea-Tac instead of Boeing Field, arriving after 4 pm, going to fundraisers in North Seattle and Medina, staying downtown overnight, then flying out Monday morning after 8 am. We’ll keep watch on traffic during those arrival/departure windows. Added: SPD has tweeted details of specific downtown traffic effects during the President’s overnight stay.
OLG FAIR-TRADE SALE: Catholic Relief Services Fair Trade Sale in the Our Lady of Guadalupe Gym, 9:30 am-1:30 pm:
This Christmas season, intentionally use your purchasing power to support Fair Trade efforts around the globe. (Today) OLG will be hosting a Catholic Relief Services Fair Trade Sale in the stage area of the gym from 9:30 am-1:30 pm. You’ll find fabulous Fair Trade gift items, including chocolate, Advent calendars, jewelry, holiday and home décor, silk scarves, bags, ornaments, instruments, and baskets. By buying Fair Trade, you support the efforts of skilled farmers and artisans who are working to break the cycle of poverty and build stronger communities. CRS and SERRV develop relationships with producers and assist them in becoming self-sufficient through training, fair wages, and market access. The 3rd grade will also be holding a Bake Sale to benefit WestSide Baby, their service project site for the year. WestSide Baby serves low-income families with clothing, diapers and supplies for children up to age 12. Finally, you can buy your holiday cards to support Noel House, a Catholic Community Services shelter for homeless women.
(OLG is at 35th/Myrtle)
VOLUNTEER AT CAMP LONG: Your big chance to pitch in today – volunteer work at Camp Long, 9 am to 3 pm each day, to help with an Eagle Project, described as “restoring a staircase along the Glacier Climbing wall by removing the existing deteriorating stairs, grading the ground, and setting in new granite slabs. Additionally, we will clear vegetation to the right of the staircase for a trail to reduce the grade.” It’s day 2 of this work – Suzanne, who shares the announcement, sent this photo from Day 1:
Volunteers get food after the work party. (5200 35th SW)
NATIVES RISING STORYTELLING TOUR: At the Duwamish Longhouse, 1:30-3:30 pm, hear “stories that have not been told in public in more than a century,” featuring traditional storytellers Solana Rose Booth and Ravenspeaker. More info in our calendar listing. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)
LIVE MUSIC AT C & P: Coffeehouse-concert veterans David Grixoni & Paul Luczak play C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm. (5612 California SW)
OPEN MIKE AT SKYLARK: 4 pm at Skylark Café and Club, all ages (signups start at 3). We have word a new youth band plans to debut:
India Spence has performed at Skylark multiple times, and now brings her brand-new band. See who else takes the stage. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
(Male harlequin duck, photographed by Mark Wangerin, who says they’re common here in winter)
First big weekend of holiday events! Please check our Holiday Guide and regular year-round Event Calendar for full details of everything happening today and beyond, but for starters, some highlights:
TRAFFIC REMINDER: SW Alaska is scheduled to be closed for construction/utility work between California and 42nd, until 10 tonight and again 7 am-10 pm Sunday. California and 42nd themselves will still go through. Added, after a trip to The Junction for a firsthand look: The sidewalk remains open on the north side of Alaska, so you can get to ALL the businesses there:
And Junction Plaza Park remains open/accessible too.
TURKEY/GROCERIES GIVEAWAY: Eastridge Church will give away hundreds of turkeys and bags of groceries starting at 9 am, no questions asked nor proof of need required. (39th/Oregon)
WEST SEATTLE BIKE CONNECTIONS CLEANUP: As noted here last night, West Seattle Bike Connections would be happy to have your company for their cleanup along the trail east of the low bridge, particularly focusing on the East Duwamish Waterway Fishing Pier. 9 am-noon, with those interested gathering for lunch at Chelan Café afterward.
DO SOMETHING GOOD FOR A DO-GOODER: 10 am-7 pm at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), it’s an all-day benefit for fabled fundraiser/inspirational leader Tracy Dart, whose own medical bills and living expenses have stacked up. WSR is donating a percentage of sales, hosting a silent auction, and more, as detailed on the Facebook event page. (California/Charlestown)
JF HENRY OPEN HOUSE: Holiday Open House at JF Henry Cooking and Dining (WSB sponsor) in The Junction. 10 am-6 pm today (and 10 am-5 pm Sunday). Deals, demonstrations, treats, more – details here. (4445 California SW)
‘SANTA AL’ SIGHTING: During the JF Henry open house, we just found out this morning, “Santa Al” will make a brief appearance, Santa is making a brief stop today, 11:30 am-12:30 pm, during which he says he plans to “announce his holiday schedule for this December.”
(When we get it, Santa Al’s schedule will be added to the WSB Holiday Guide, in the Santa Photos section.)
FOOD DRIVE @ TRUE VALUE OPEN HOUSE: Holiday Open House and Food Drive at Junction True Value, 10 am-2 pm, featuring a food drive for the West Seattle Food Bank – bring nonperishable food to fill the bin! (4747 44th SW)
OPEN HOUSE AT CAPERS: Holiday Open House and Susan Goodwin Trunk Show at CAPERS in The Junction, 10 am-5 pm. (4525 California SW)
OPEN HOUSE AT NW ART/FRAME: Holiday Open House at Northwest Art & Frame in The Junction. 10 am-5:30 pm. (4733 California SW)
THREAD OVER HEALS CLOTHING DRIVE: Clean out your closet and donate to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association! Event noon-3 pm at Alki Bathhouse is much more than a dropoff – our calendar listing has all the details. (60th/Alki)
COLLEGE ADMISSION WORKSHOP: 12th grader in the house? (We can relate.) Get help with college applications at Southwest Library, 1-6 pm. (35th/Henderson)
ROWHOUSE OPEN HOUSE: The Morgan 5.1 rowhouse townhomes have their first open house this afternoon, with pizza and coffee for attendees. Five-star Built Green, per broker Paul Poirier of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest Real Estate (WSB sponsor). 1-4 pm. (California/Myrtle)
FALL WINE RELEASE: Pre-Thanksgiving wine tasting and sale, Northwest Wine Academy at South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor), 2-7 pm. (6000 16th SW, north side of SSCC campus)
TOY LIBRARY: The second of two organizational meetings for a possible West Seattle Toy Library happens 3-4 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor). If you’re interested but can’t make the meeting, check the discussion in comments following the story we published with the original announcement. (5612 California SW)
BEER CHURCH TURKEY BOWL: Beer Church‘s annual Turkey Bowl, 6-9 pm at West Seattle Bowl. Even if you’re not signed up to bowl, you’re invited to come by and bring a donation for the West Seattle Food Bank, try the Beer Church-branded ales, buy a raffle ticket, have a good time! (39th/Oregon)
That’s a frozen-solid birdbath in North Delridge, shared by Flickr member “old desolate” via the WSB Flickr group, and shared here as a reminder to tend to any birdbath(s) YOU have so the birds aren’t frozen out of a drinking/bathing water supply! Meantime, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and Holiday Events/Info Guide, here are highlights for today/tonight:
SHOP LATE AT CLICK! It’s another Shop Late Thursday in The Junction and Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) has something special planned:
Click! is hosting a “Meet the Designer” event and sale with Gwen Weinberg of Three by Three Seattle from 6 to 9 pm. Three by Three Seattle makes modern solutions to your modern organizational needs. Their product range includes Magnetic and Dry-Erase items that store keys and phones, sort mail, and calendar your to-do lists all with a clean, contemporary look. Gwen Weinberg is the lead designer and will be on hand to talk about her approach to product design and development. There will be free magnet giveaways for the first 20 people, and all Three by Three products will be 20% off during the event! See examples on the Click! website and threebythree.com
BEER CHURCH EVENT AT BEVERIDGE PLACE: Three ales brewed with the participation of West Seattle’s Beer Church are available tonight at Beveridge Place Pub starting at 6 pm, as a fundraiser to fight Crohn’s disease. (6419 California SW)
DESIGN REVIEW DOUBLEHEADER: Two projects both of high interest to their respective neighborhoods come before the Southwest Design Review Board tonight, and as always, each will have a round of public comment.
LAFAYETTE PTA AND TECHNOLOGY PRESENTATION: During tonight’s general meeting of the Lafayette Elementary PTA at 6:30 pm, there’ll be a presentation about how families can help kids navigate technology (7 pm) – details in our calendar listing. (California/Lander)
WEST SEATTLE TOY LIBRARY? Earlier this week, we published this story about a local woman wondering if West Seattleites are interested in organizing one. Tonight’s the first of two meetings at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7 pm. (5612 California SW)
West Seattle Wednesday: WS Food Bank donation dropoffs; School Board boundaries vote; Delridge District Council…November 20, 2013 at 8:55 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 4 Comments
(Before the leaves fell: Delridge Skatepark photo by Laura Goodrich, shared via the WSB Flickr group)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and the just-launched Holiday Guide (new events/info added daily, and please remember to send us yours!):
SPECIAL DONATION DROPOFF FOR WEST SEATTLE FOOD BANK: Want to help out the West Seattle Food Bank for Thanksgiving but don’t have time to get TO the food bank? 4-7 pm today in The Junction, WS Food Bank reps will be at Easy Street Records, hoping to collect hundreds of small (10-pound-ish) frozen turkeys – you can even bring one (or more) without getting out of your vehicle. Or, donate cash or a check. Here’s our original announcement about this. (California/Alaska)
SCHOOL BOARD VOTES ON BOUNDARIES (ETC.): 4:15 pm is the official start of tonight’s Seattle School Board meeting, including votes on the “Growth Boundaries” and capacity-management measures, but the key votes aren’t until 6 pm. Here’s the full agenda, including the list of people signed up to speak starting at 5 pm; the final version of the boundary maps are here; the plan for Arbor Heights to be housed at Boren with STEM during its two years of new-school construction is here (that’s also the document with the plan for EC Hughes, once vacated in 2015, to revert to a building for emergency/interim use). The School Board meets at district HQ in SODO. (3rd/Lander)
DELRIDGE DISTRICT COUNCIL: Reps from community councils and other key organizations around eastern West Seattle meet tonight at 7 pm, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, to discuss issues and receive briefings including one on the Barton Combined Sewer Overflow project. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
West Seattle Tuesday: Metro Q/A; new greenway; Crime Prevention Council; special meeting on ‘no parking’ project…November 19, 2013 at 10:42 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 2 Comments
(Luna/Anchor Park, photographed last weekend by Doug Branch, shared via WSB Flickr group)
As is often the case with Tuesdays, another big day/night to get involved in your community! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and newly launched Holiday Events and Info Guide – a few highlights:
BAZAAR: Under way until 1 pm, the “mini-Harvest Festival” bazaar at Senior Center of West Seattle; details in our calendar listing. (California/Oregon)
QUESTIONS ABOUT METRO CUTS? Just found out about this one via a retweet from South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor), where Metro reps will be on hand at midday today:
— King County Metro (@kcmetrobus) November 19, 2013
VOLUNTEER NIGHT AT WESTSIDE BABY: Can you help? 6-9 pm; details in our calendar listing. (10027 14th SW)
GREENWAY OPEN HOUSE: 5:30-7:30 pm, get info and/or ask questions about the South Delridge/Highland Park greenway plan-in-progress. Open house @ Salvation Army. (9050 16th SW)
WEST SEATTLE CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL: Speaking of traffic/pedestrian/bicycling/etc. neighborhood safety, Jim Curtin from SDOT is the scheduled guest at tonight’s monthly meeting. Crime trends and Q/A with Seattle Police reps too, as always. 7 pm, Southwest Precinct. (Delridge/Webster)
COMMUNITY MEETING FOR ‘NO PARKING’ DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL: 6:30 pm at Hope Lutheran Church is the community-requested meeting with city planners regarding 4535 44th SW, proposed for 36 units and no parking. This is separate from the Design Review process, which doesn’t look at traffic and other environmental effects. Details in our calendar listing. (42nd/Oregon)
BELLY DANCING AT SKYLARK: Skylark Café and Club‘s monthly Alauda showcase is at 7 pm tonight. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
Calendar items are running light for today/tonight, but here are three highlights:
DEVELOPMENT ALTERNATIVES: 6:45 pm at Emeritus-West Seattle (WSB sponsor), advocacy group Getting It Right for West Seattle presents unofficial “alternative designs” it commissioned from an architecture professor for the 4755 Fauntleroy Way site (separate from the design its owners have already taken through the Design Review Board and Design Commission). Public is welcome. (4611 35th SW)
SPORTS TRIVIA: Phillip at Talarico’s is trying it again, 3 rounds of sports trivia starting at 8 pm during Monday Night Football – $2/person, cash prizes, including “$100 if anyone can get all the questions right.” (4718 California SW)
(Sanderling in the surf at Alki, by Danny McMillin, shared via the WSB Flickr group)
Happy Sunday! Highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
KIERKEGAARD BICENTENNIAL AT FLCWS: First Lutheran Church of West Seattle and its pastor Rev. Ron Marshall celebrate Danish theologian/philosopher (and more) Søren Kierkegaard every November, but this year is special, marking the 200th anniversary of Kierkegaard’s birth. Today, the church has a slate of commemorative events starting at 9 am, featured on this page of its website and in our calendar, where you’ll see the scheduled times for music, a statue dedication, folk dancing, more. (4105 California SW)
NORTH DELRIDGE CLEANUP: 10 am-noon, join the North Delridge Neighborhood Council‘s cleanup of the bike path near Skylark Café and Club, which is full of fallen leaves. Meet at Skylark. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
HOLIDAYS AT WEST SEATTLE FARMERS MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, it’s the weekly West Seattle Farmers’ Market, now starting to get into the holiday mood. (44th/Alaska)
BUY PANCAKE BREAKFAST TICKETS FROM THE KIWANIS: On the east side of the Farmers’ Market, near the back of KeyBank, look for the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle – whose members will be happy to sell you advance tickets to their annual Pancake Breakfast, coming up 7-11 am December 7th (details here).
FAUNTLEROY FINE ART AND HOLIDAY GIFT SALE CONCLUDES: 11 am-2 pm is your last chance to shop the annual event at the Fauntleroy Church Fellowship Hall, with 16 local artists/crafters/artisans showing and selling their creations. (9140 California SW)
SEAHAWKS SALUTE ARMED FORCES Today’s 1:25 pm Seahawks-Vikings game at CenturyLink Field is the annual tribute to the U.S. Armed Forces. West Seattle native Mycle Wastman sings the National Anthem. We’ve checked the team’s official preview of the tribute and did NOT see any flyby plan listed, but if you do happen to see military aircraft in the area about that time – you are hereby forewarned.
WEST SEATTLE COOKING CLUB: Today’s theme for the West Seattle Cooking Club – tofu, tempeh, meat substitutes. Make a recipe with one or more of those ingredients and bring it to the 3 pm meeting at Beveridge Place Pub. (6419 California SW)
PHILIPPINES TYPHOON RELIEF CONCERT/SERVICE As previewed here earlier this week, Holy Rosary Catholic Church is hosting a concert and service at which a free-will donation will be taken for typhoon relief in The Philippines; details in our calendar listing. 7:30 pm. (42nd/Genesee)
… and there’s more for today, tonight, and days/weeks/months ahead, on the calendar!
West Seattle Saturday: Bazaars; school open houses; cleanups; benefits; magic show; your ‘landing story’…November 16, 2013 at 7:29 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 4 Comments
(Barrow’s Goldeneyes at Jack Block Park, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
So much to see and do today/tonight – even just in the highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar (follow the link to see the full list of what’s up today):
BIKE TRAIL CLEANUP: 9-11 am this morning, Dave from Swedish Automotive (WSB sponsor) and volunteers will finish what was started during the windstorm two weeks ago today. Details in our preview. Look for the “old Swedish yellow van” near Chelan Café. (Chelan/Spokane)
JUNCTION CLEANUP: René from the Junction Neighborhood Organization invites neighbors to join the group’s second West Seattle Junction cleanup, 9 am-noon today, bring your own gloves (but everything else is provided) and dress warmly. They’ll remove leaves from, and stencil, storm drains as well as picking up litter. Meet at Junction Plaza Park. (NW corner of 42nd/Alaska)
FAUNTLEROY SCHOOLHOUSE’S FIRST-EVER BAZAAR: 9 am-5 pm, the first holiday bazaar at the historic Fauntleroy Schoolhouse – details here. Also part of it, a donation drive for the West Seattle Food Bank – bring five nonperishable food items or $5 for a benefit raffle. (9131 California SW)
FAUNTLEROY FINE ART AND GIFT SALE: Right across the street from the schoolhouse, 10 am-4 pm at the Fauntleroy Church Fellowship Hall, check out the 16 local artists/crafters/artisans who are showing and selling their creations, from woodblock prints to baby clothes to metal yard art to jewelry, and more. Here’s our story from last night. (9140 California SW)
GRACE CHURCH BAZAAR: 9 am-4 pm, come to Grace Church for even more holiday shopping! (10323 28th SW)
EXPLORER WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: 10-11:30 am, come explore Explorer West Middle School (WSB sponsor):
Try out Explorer West Middle School today at 10 am. Our Open House event is a great way for prospective parents and students to tour the campus and learn about the school from students, faculty, and parents. In addition, there will be student acting performances (Drama) and debates on a variety of topics (History). Also, visitors can participate in a hands-on art project in the art studio. Welcome! An additional Open House will be held on Tuesday, December 10th, 6:30-8 pm.
(10015 28th SW)
MIDDLE-SCHOOLER READING MARATHON: As previewed here, today’s the day that middle schoolers (from any school, including homeschooled/unschooled) are welcome to join in the Reading Marathon at Southwest Branch Library, 11 am-5 pm, to read for up to six hours – with a prize for each hour of reading, and a grand prize for all six! (35th/Henderson)
TELL YOUR LANDING STORY: As previewed here earlier this week, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society would love to see you at the Log House Museum this afternoon, 2-4 pm, to tell your “landing story,” to be recorded by a volunteer videographer, in honor of this week’s anniversary of the Denny Party landing on Alki. (61st/Stevens)
ALKI ELEMENTARY BENEFIT: 5:30 pm at The Hall at Fauntleroy, it’s the Alki Elementary Gold Rush Auction and Dinner. Online ticket sales are over, says the website, but if you’re going, pre-browse auction items here. (9131 California SW)
WEST SEATTLE COMMUNITY ORCHESTRAS BENEFIT: “The Show Must Go On” is the theme for the annual West Seattle Community Orchestras benefit, 5:30 pm at Highland Park Improvement Club, details here. (12th/Holden)
(Photo by Machel Spence)
Feeling sluggish? Hang on – the weekend’s on the way! But first, highlights for today/tonight …
WEST SEATTLE GARDEN CLUB: This month’s meeting is under way (10 am-2 pm) at Daystar, but there are plenty of opportunities to drop in while it’s in progress – such as the 1 pm presentation about orchids. Details in our calendar listing. (2615 SW Barton)
WHITE CENTER LIBRARY GUILD BAZAAR/BOOK SALE: 11 am-4 pm today (and tomorrow) – details in our calendar listing. (11220 16th SW)
METROPOLITAN MARKET TASTING: Planning your Thanksgiving menu? Thinking someone else should do the cooking? The Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor) fully cooked feast can be sampled during an in-store event 4-7 pm today.
FAUNTLEROY FINE ART AND HOLIDAY GIFT SHOW: 16 local artists and artisans are showing and selling creations at the annual Fauntleroy Fine Art and Holiday Gift Show, which begins with a 5-8 pm session tonight (and continues tomorrow as well as a few final hours Sunday). It’s at Fauntleroy Church, whose website has the list of participants. (9140 California SW)
CHIEF SEALTH ‘PASSPORT TO EXCELLENCE’: Tonight is the fall fundraiser for various programs at Chief Sealth International High School, 6 pm at The Hall at Fauntleroy. Going? Preview auction items here. (9131 California SW)
HELPLINE GALA: The West Seattle Helpline‘s annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors fundraising auction/dinner is at 6:30 pm, Duwamish Longhouse. If you don’t have a ticket, check with WS Helpline to see if they have any seats left. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)
More nightlife, among other things, on our calendar – browse ahead hours, days, weeks, months (the “next page” link is toward the TOP of the list on each page) – just go here.
In our photo from Wednesday afternoon is one of the SDOT crews planting 100 trees from Morgan Junction to Fauntleroy; we found them on California, south of Myrtle. Their work continues today. As for what else is up today/tonight, six highlights ahead from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
CARMILIA’S ANNIVERSARY PARTY: Proprietor Linda Sabee‘s fashion shop in The Junction is celebrating its 11th birthday today – drop in 4 pm-9 pm for champagne and other revelry. (4528 California SW)
‘EXPERIENCE MIDDLE SCHOOL NIGHT’ AT WESTSIDE SCHOOL: 6-7:30 pm tonight. From the official announcement:
Westside School will be hosting an interactive Middle School Open House tonight. Students will participate in hands-on activities throughout the school and parents will have an opportunity to join an information session with school administrators. The Middle School at Westside is now accepting applications for students entering grades 5-8.
Westside School (a longtime WSB sponsor) is at 7740 34th SW.
WEST SEATTLE ART WALK: 6-9 pm, it’s the November edition – not just a fab time to see art, but also to do early holiday shopping. You can preview venues and artists on the official West Seattle Art Walk site; here’s the venue list/map:
Among this month’s featured artists: Frances Smersh, co-proprietor of Click! Design That Fits (longtime WSB sponsor), is known for her jewelry, but tonight is showing paintings; at Twilight Gallery and Boutique, Willow and The Embers perform at 7 pm, while the exhibit is Holiday Miniature Art.
SOUTH PARK BRIDGE: Want to get the latest on the new bridge’s progress, months before completion? This isn’t a formal public meeting, just a fun “slideshow” presentation at Napoli’s Pizzeria, 6 pm. (14th/Cloverdale, South Park)
‘DINGO’ FUNDRAISER AT WSHS: Dessert plus bingo equals “Dingo”! West Seattle High School junior-class fundraiser, 6:30-8:30 pm (“it’s OK if you’re late,” say organizers), details in our calendar listing. (3000 California SW)
ARBOR HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY PTA: Big meeting tonight, 6:30-8 pm – from the official announcement:
Special Guests: Marty McLaren (West Seattle School Board Director) & Israel Vela (Executive Director of Schools, SW Region) will be in attendance to answer questions about how boundary changes will effect Arbor Heights and the transition plan to an interim site during construction of our new school.
Location: Arbor Heights Cafeteria
***Free childcare is provided in the library**
Arbor Heights Elementary is at 37th/104th.
(Hummingbird at sunrise, Mount Rainier in the distance: photo from Genesee Hill this week, by Elaine Thompson)
A few of your options for today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
DINE-OUT BENEFIT AT ENDOLYNE JOE’S: As noted in our school-fundraiser update earlier this morning, until 10 pm tonight, Endolyne Joe’s (WSB sponsor) in Fauntleroy is donating part of its food proceeds to Gatewood Elementary, one of several dine-out benefits Endolyne does each year. (9261 45th SW)
‘LION KING’: Arbor Heights Elementary‘s student performance (and bake sale!) is at 6:30 pm tonight. (37th/104th)
HARBOR SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: As noted here last week, West Seattle families have a special invitation to visit Vashon Island for tonight’s open house at Harbor School (WSB sponsor), a nonprofit independent school serving grades 4-8. See more info in our calendar listing, and RSVP to see if seats are still available on their special shuttle to/from the ferry dock. (15920 Vashon Highway SW)
CO-EXISTING WITH COYOTES: For the first time in years, local wildlife experts invite you to a briefing/Q-A session in West Seattle. If you are curious and/or concerned about coyotes, don’t just wait for our next coyote update (all our coverage, by the way, is archived here, newest-to-oldest) – come to Camp Long Environmental Learning Center tonight, 7-8:30 pm. (5200 35th SW)
As always, you’ll see even more by going directly to our calendar!
Busy night for meetings. Ready to get involved in your neighborhood, if you’re not already? From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, our first group of listings features who’s meeting tonight – public welcome, and, the groups will tell you, very much appreciated. These are all-volunteer groups led by your neighbors, and the more people involved, the stronger they are and the more they can do):
JUNCTION NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATION: 6:30 pm, Senior Center of West Seattle. (California/Oregon)
ADMIRAL NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: 7 pm, lower-level meeting room on south side of Admiral Congregational Church. (California/Hill)
FAUNTLEROY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: 7 pm, conference room at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse. (9131 California SW)
Also happening tonight:
STORYTELLING/OPEN MIKE AT CHACO CANYON: 6 pm, details in our calendar listing. (3770 SW Alaska)
DENNY INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE SCHOOL PTSA: 7 pm, with a featured presentation on how to help your middle-schooler get ready for success in high school; more info in the calendar listing. (2601 SW Kenyon)
SOLD-OUT ORCA TALK: Just a note in case you were hoping to get a ticket at the door – The Whale Trail‘s Orca Talk at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) tonight is sold out. (If you don’t already have a ticket, watch TWT’s site for video to follow.)
Even MORE of what’s up today/tonight can be found on our calendar.
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