West Seattle, Washington
Another chance to see sights like the starfish above, photographed by Victoria Gnatoka, top the list for today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
LOW-LOW TIDE, WITH BEACH NATURALISTS: Today’s low-low tide is out to -2.8 feet at 12:09 pm, and Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists are out again at Lincoln and Constellation parks, 10:30 am-2 pm.
WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARK: Open today are Highland Park spraypark and Lincoln Park wading pool, 11 am-8 pm; also, Delridge wading pool, noon-6:30 pm. (Find addresses here)
BENEFIT FOR DOMESTIC-VIOLENCE SURVIVOR: Arthur’s in The Admiral District is donating part of the proceeds 6-10 pm to an employee who is recovering from injuries suffered in a domestic-violence attack – they’re also having a silent auction to help her. Details here. (2311 California SW)
‘MUSIC UNDER THE STARS’ FINALE: Tonight is the fourth and final Monday night this season for the Seattle Chamber Music Society‘s events at Delridge Playfield. At 7:30 pm, you’ll see and hear a mini-concert by a chamber ensemble, live and in-person; at 8 pm, the concert concludes and the audio system switches to the SCMS’s festival broadcast, live from Benaroya Hall. (4501 Delridge Way SW)
FAMILY STORY TIME: Kids of all ages welcome at High Point Library, 6:30 pm, for stories, songs, and rhymes. (35th SW/SW Raymond)
MORE OF WHAT’S UP TODAY, TONIGHT, BEYOND … on our complete-calendar page.
Great Blue Herons like the one photographed on Alki by Mark Wangerin are just some of what you might see at low-low tide today – part of a big Sunday list for West Seattle and vicinity:
LOW-LOW TIDE, WITH BEACH NATURALISTS: 9:45 am-1:45 pm, Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists are out at Lincoln and Constellation parks. Today’s low-low tide is out to -3.1 feet at 11:23 am.
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Back to its usual spot in the street today, 10 am-2 pm. (California SW between Oregon and Alaska)
ALKI ART FAIR: The 20th-anniversary edition of the Alki Art Fair continues 10 am-6 pm today. Dozens of artists are showing and selling their work; you’ll also find art activities for kids, community groups with information for you, food, music (here’s the schedule), and silent auctions (to help the festival stay free) inside the Bathhouse, with items donated by artists, like these we found on Saturday:
It’s all in the Bathhouse (silent-auction closings at 1 and 4 pm, plus photos and more from the festival’s two decades) and on the boardwalk, mostly west of the Bathhouse, with the main stage to the east. Free shuttle to and from the park-n-ride at Harbor/Avalon/Spokane. (60th/Alki)
WHITE CENTER JUBILEE DAYS FESTIVAL: 10 am-6 pm, the street fair and other activities continue on 16th and 17th SW between Roxbury and 100th. The carnival at Steve Cox Memorial Park (1321 SW 102nd) runs 11 am-11 pm. Full details on the festival website.
WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARK OPEN TODAY: Lincoln Park wading pool is open 11 am-8 pm, Highland Park spraypark is open 11 am-8 pm, Delridge wading pool is open noon-6:30 pm. (Find addresses here)
POP-UP BOUTIQUE: Shop local vendors at Highland Park Improvement Club, today only! 11 am-3 pm. (1116 SW Holden)
LOCAL TENT SALE: Last of 3 days for the tent sale at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor), 11 am-5 pm. (4201 SW Morgan)
WHITE CENTER JUBILEE DAYS PARADE: 11 am, along 16th SW from SW 112th north to SW 100th.
Almost 50 entries, with little overlap from Saturday’s West Seattle Grand Parade, so if you love parades, come see this one too!
‘STUFF THE BUS’ BASH AT WESTSIDE BABY: Buy some diapers and come to WestSide Baby‘s first “Stuff The Bus” bash at its White Center headquarters – barbecue, ice cream, kids’ activities, more. Have a great time while helping families around the area. Details in our preview. (10002 14th SW)
NO ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE TOURS TODAY … next chance, as of this writing, is next Saturday.
FREE SHAKESPEARE @ ROXHILL PARK: 2 pm, the second and final Young Shakespeare Workshop performance of the comedy “As You Like It” in Roxhill Park. Here’s our preview; here’s a report from a reader who went on Saturday. (2850 SW Roxbury)
OPERA PREVIEW LECTURE: 2 pm at West Seattle (Admiral) Library, a free lecture previewing Puccini‘s “Madame Butterfly.” (2306 42nd SW)
BRAZILIAN MUSIC … with Choro Tocando at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm. (5612 California SW)
AND THERE’S MORE … on our complete-calendar page.
That’s a “live” SDOT view of California/Alaska, part of the route for the two big events that start the day with road-closure and parking-restriction alerts, the West Seattle Grand Parade and, just before it, the Float Dodger 5K. California SW will be closed starting at ~7 am at SW Admiral Way, and the rest of the way south to SW Edmunds by ~9 am, with restrictions on streets to the west and east, especially toward the north end of the route, for staging. When you see those no-parking signs and barricades, take them seriously! (Find bus reroutes here.) As for what else you need to know about those events and what else is happening today:
FLOAT DODGER 5K: Before the West Seattle Grand Parade, run/walk the route, in the Float Dodger 5K, presented by West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor)! Last-minute registration starts at 8 am; kids’ dash on the track at 8:45 am; race starts at 9:30 am. Hiawatha Playfield and on to the parade route. More info here. (2700 California SW)
WEST SEATTLE GRAND PARADE: The Seattle and Vancouver Police Motorcycle Drill Teams start ~10:30 am from California/Lander, rest of the parade 11 am, heading south on California to Edmunds in The Junction. Our two most-recent previews of this year’s parade are here and here. This year’s Orville Rummel Trophy winner is Keith Hughes; grand marshal is City Councilmember Lisa Herbold; come cheer hundreds of your neighbors as they roll, walk, ride, dance, etc. down the parade route. (California SW between The Admiral District and The Junction)
ALKI ART FAIR: Celebrating its 20th year! First of two days with dozens of artists/vendors lining the Alki Beach boardwalk near, and west of, the Bathhouse. 10 am-6 pm today, with music continuing until 9 pm – see the lineup here. Free shuttle running continuously from the park-and-ride area under the West Seattle Bridge, near Harbor/Avalon/Spokane. Go inside the Bathhouse for silent auctions – closing at 1 and 4 pm – and festival history. Here’s our preview. (60th/Alki)
LOW-LOW TIDE, INCLUDING SIGN-LANGUAGE INTERPRETATION: 9:30 am-1 pm today, Seattle Aquarium beach naturalists are at Lincoln and Constellation parks, with a low-low tide of -3.0 at 10:35 am. Also at Lincoln Park, today only, sign-language interpretation available 10 am-1 pm.
WHITE CENTER JUBILEE DAYS: Street fair and more, 10 am-6 pm today, expanded this year to 16th SW as well as 17th SW between Roxbury and SW 100th; car show 11 am-5 pm. See the music lineup here; see the map here.
WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARK: Lincoln Park wading pool and Highland Park spraypark are both open 11 am-8 pm today; Delridge and Hiawatha wading pools are open noon-6:30 pm. (Find addresses here)
ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: The US Coast Guard Auxiliary presents free tours today, 1-4 pm – last tour group at 3:40 pm – but NOT tomorrow, so enjoy the historic lighthouse today! (3201 Alki SW)
TREVOR RAS AT C & P: Performing at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) – 4-5 pm, kids’ singalong; 5-6 pm, “soulful Americana.” (5612 California SW)
WEST SEATTLE OUTDOOR MOVIES: First of this season’s six movies is “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” Remember that West Seattle Outdoor Movies are now in the “festival street” south of the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) headquarters. Bring your own chair/blanket. Free admission; bring $ for nonprofit-benefiting raffles, concessions, and food truck (Macho Burgers this week). Open at 6:30; preshow “Star Wars” trivia, selfies with stormtroopers, School of Rock performances, movie at dusk – no earlier than 9 pm this week. (36th SW/SW Snoqualmie)
OF SEA AND STONE: Folk-pop/alt-country at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
THAT’S NOT ALL … see all the listings for today/tonight on our complete-calendar page! That’s also where you can find out how to get your event listed on WSB.
8:35 PM: They happen more often late at night or early in the morning, but several readers have reported hearing a big boom in the Charlestown/Genesee area within the past half-hour. All we know is that there are no fire or medical calls anywhere in the area – no power outages, either (one person thought it might have been a transformer) – if you know exactly where it happened and/or what it was, hopefully you already have called 911.
11:11 PM: In a comment below, Stephanie says the blast was from fireworks.
(Belted kingfisher, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
Now through late night, highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
LOW TIDE, WITH BEACH NATURALISTS: Until noon, Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists are out on Constellation and Lincoln Park shores, to answer your questions as you explore at low-low tide, which is out to -2.4 at 9:47 am.
WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARK: Open today are Lincoln Park wading pool, 11 am-8 pm; Highland Park spraypark, 11 am-8 pm; Hiawatha wading pool, noon-6:30 pm; EC Hughes wading pool, noon-7 pm. (Find addresses here)
TALK WITH YOUR CITY COUNCILMEMBER: Lisa Herbold has in-district “office hours” 2-7 pm today at the Southwest Neighborhood Service Center (same building as SW Pool and Teen Life Center) – “walk-in friendly” but if you want to schedule in advance, e-mail email@example.com ASAP. (2801 SW Thistle)
THRIFTWAY TENT SALE: First of three days of tent sales at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) – 2-7 pm. Photo added above (11:54 am) as preparations were under way this morning! (4201 SW Morgan)
JUBILEE DAYS CARNIVAL: The carnival for White Center Jubilee Days is open 3 pm-11 pm at Steve Cox Memorial Park. (1321 SW 102nd)
MEET THE MAKERS AT CLICK! 3-7 pm, Jason and Briana of New Hampshire-based Brainstorm are bringing an Airstream Basecamp trailer (they entered a design contest to create a wrap for it and won a cross-country trip in it!) and their prints, “inspired by science, nature, and the outdoorsā, to Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) for a one-day pop-up. (4540 California SW)
FRIDAY NIGHT SKATE: 5:45-7:45 pm at Alki Community Center – details in our calendar listing. (5817 SW Stevens)
MAURICE AND HIS THING: Blues, pop, rock, and “spoken weird,” 9 pm-midnight at Parliament Tavern. $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
Always something unusual to see at sea – Lynn Hall just sent that photo of a sighting in Elliott Bay this morning. The “YRBM-30” on the side leads us here – apparently a Navy barge. Meantime, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
CANOES TO DEPART: We haven’t been able to get back to Alki to check since covering the arrival on Wednesday afternoon, but we were told while there that the Tribal Journeys canoes were expected to leave sometime after 10 am today, headed northwest to their next stop, with the Suquamish Tribe, at 3 pm.
SUMMER CONCERTS AT HIAWATHA, WEEK 1: As previewed here on Wednesday, a three-artist showcase starts off this year’s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha series, presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association, with co-sponsors including WSB. Free; BYO chair and/or blanket. On the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center, 6:30 pm. (2700 California SW, but on the Walnut side)
MAYORAL FORUM: Five candidates for mayor are expected at the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce‘s forum tonight at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. Jenny Durkan has a “conflict,” according to e-mail forwarded to us by a reader who asked her campaign if she would be there in light of having not shown for last Saturday’s forum. (Update) WSCC tells us they’re still expecting all of the other five who RSVP’d – Jessyn Farrell, Bob Hasegawa, Michael McGinn, Cary Moon, and Nikkita Oliver, who is a West Seattle resident. (Update 2, 2 pm) The Chamber tells us that Farrell has dropped out too – reportedly a fundraiser conflict, while Durkan’s conflict, we’ve since learned, is what’s billed as a “get out the vote” event with high-profile supporters downtown. (back to original text) 6:15 pm mingling, 6:45 pm forum. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
GET READY TO RUN! Want to get more fitness into your life? Find out about a free, fun program tonight at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor):
Get Fit West Seattle is a free program put on by West Seattle Runner. Come to the info night THURSDAY JULY 20th at 6:30 pm to learn more about how you can run your first half marathon! This is a program for beginners, as we will start with ONE MILE on Saturday August 5th! From there, you will train to do your first half marathon in November, the Amica Seattle Half Marathon. Come and get your questions answered and learn about the plan. This is a free program which includes a training plan, injury prevention clinic, and running 101 clinic and lots of great camraderie. (if you can’t attend the meeting, you can still join, just email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
(2743 California SW)
DESIGN REVIEW FOR 4722 FAUNTLEROY WAY SW: 6:30 pm at the Sisson Building/Senior Center, the Southwest Design Review Board gets its first look at the new project for the site where CVS canceled its plan for a drugstore – described on the city website as:
A 7-story building containing 233 residential units, 17 live-work units, and 10,000 sq. ft. of commercial space. Parking to be provided for 250 vehicles within the structure. (And) a four-story building containing one live-work unit and 49 residential units.
Here’s the design packet. The meeting will include an opportunity for public comment. (4217 SW Oregon)
WEST SEATTLE TIMEBANK: 6:30 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle, an event for both members and those who want to find out more about WSTB. (4217 SW Oregon)
ALKI COMMUNITY COUNCIL: 7 pm at Alki UCC, with an agenda including:
1) Summer Safety & Neighborhood Night Out
2) Alki Noise Survey Update
3) Alki Art Fair – Volunteers needed
(6115 SW Hinds)
BELLY-DANCE SHOWCASE: The monthly Alauda showcase is tonight at The Skylark, 7:30 pm. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
AMA TRIO: “A Latin American, Afro Sephardic, Eastern European Gypsy Circus Chamber Music Band!” performing at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
AND EVEN MORE … listed on our complete-calendar page for tonight (and beyond).
Long list of possibilities for this Wednesday – morning until late night! – here are the highlights:
WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARK TODAY: Open today are the Lincoln Park wading pool, 11 am-8 pm, and the Highland Park spraypark, 11 am-8 pm, as well as Hiawatha wading pool, noon-6:30 pm, and EC Hughes wading pool, noon-7 pm. (Find addresses here)
WEST SEATTLE WRITING GROUP: 11 am at the Senior Center of West Seattle. $1 members/$2 nonmembers. (4217 SW Oregon)
TRIBAL CANOES ARRIVE: As we reported last weekend, the Tribal Journeys canoes are stopping at Alki Beach again this year – this time they are headed north to a regional gathering at Campbell River, B.C. The Muckleshoot Tribe is hosting, and cultural director Willard Bill, Jr. has just replied to our inquiry about arrival time – saying it’s estimated at 3 pm. (59th SW/Alki SW)
HIGH POINT MARKET GARDEN: 4 pm-7 pm, it’s the weekly farm stand day at this mini-farm in High Point – buy fresh produce steps from where it was grown and harvested. (32nd SW/SW Juneau)
WESTWOOD-HIGHLAND PARK URBAN VILLAGE AND HALA MHA COMMENTS: 6 pm at Southwest Library, join the Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council in discussing the HALA Mandatory Housing Affordability rezoning proposals and the possibility of community-coalition commenting on its Draft Environmental Impact Statement, as previewed here. (9010 35th SW)
DISASTER SKILLS: Free basic first-aid class presented by the city at Hiawatha Community Center, 6 pm. Details here including how to pre-register. (2700 California SW)
SOUTHWEST STORIES: The Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s monthly speaker series is happening tonight at West Seattle (Admiral) Library – Clay Eals and Brad Chrisman will talk about the 30th anniversary of the definitive local history book, “West Side Story” – Eals explains it here:
Their talk is free, starting at 6:30 pm. (2306 42nd SW)
MORGAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: The quarterly meeting of Morgan Junction’s community council is at 7 pm at The Kenney. The agenda – including City Council candidates, the HALA MHA Draft Environmental Impact Statement, and more – is here. All welcome. (7125 Fauntleroy SW)
DEADGRASS: Jerry Garcia/Grateful Dead tunes at Parliament Tavern, 8-11 pm. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
FIREWORKS: The White Center Jubilee Days festival opens with fireworks at 10 pm at Steve Cox Memorial Park, where you’ll also find the first night of its carnival, 3-11 pm. (13th SW/SW 102nd)
AND MORE, MORE, MORE … see everything on our complete-calendar page.
Music and more! Here’s what’s hot, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARK: Open today are Lincoln Park wading pool, 11 am-8 pm; Highland Park spraypark, 11 am-8 pm; Delridge wading pool, noon-6:30 pm. (Find addresses here)
JUSTIN KAUSAL-HAYES: 5-8 pm, live music at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor): “Acoustic hits of the last 4 decades.” (1936 Harbor SW)
EVENING BOOK GROUP: 6:30 pm at High Point Library. This month’s book is “Blue Nights” by Joan Didion. (35th SW/SW Raymond)
WEST SEATTLE BIG BAND CONCERT IN THE PARK: 7 pm on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center, bring a chair/blanket, family, friends, neighbors, and enjoy the sounds of the West Seattle Big Band in their annual free summer concert, with this year’s co-sponsors including WSB. (2700 California SW – concert’s on the Walnut side)
FAMILY STORY TIME: 7 pm at Delridge Library – bring all the kids! (5423 Delridge Way SW)
UNPLUGGED – A MUSICAL GATHERING: Acoustic open session at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. Come play, and/or listen! (5612 California SW)
SOUTH SOUND TUG & BARGE: Fresh from Summer Fest, West Seattle’s own South Sound Tug and Barge is back at the Parliament Tavern tonight, 8-11 pm. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
OF COURSE, THERE’S MORE … check our complete-calendar page.
Thanks to James Bratsanos for the vivid view of last night’s sunset. Can’t guarantee a rerun tonight, but here’s what we DO know will happen in the hours ahead:
WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARK OPEN TODAY: Lincoln Park wading pool and Highland Park spraypark open 11 am-8 pm; Delridge wading pool open noon-6:30 pm. (Find addresses here)
FREE LUNCHES FOR KIDS/TEENS: Three locations in our calendar, kids/teens welcome – noon Mondays-Thursdays at Neighborhood House High Point (6400 Sylvan Way SW); 12:30 pm Mondays-Thursdays at High Point Library (35th SW/SW Raymond); 12:30 pm Mondays-Thursdays at Delridge Library (5423 Delridge Way SW)
AFTERNOON BOOK GROUP: 2 pm at Southwest Library. This month’s book is “Shirley” by Charlotte Bronte. (9010 35th SW)
MUSIC UNDER THE STARS: Third of four Mondays for the Seattle Chamber Music Society‘s live event at Delridge Community Center Park – a chamber ensemble will perform for you in person at 7:30 pm, and then the sound system will switch to a live audio broadcast from Benaroya Hall at 8. Free; bring a chair, blanket, family, friends, neighbors, picnic, and enjoy the music. (4501 Delridge Way SW)
MORE ON OUR COMPLETE CALENDAR – see it here.
The summer’s biggest party goes so fast – it’s already day 3 of West Seattle Summer Fest 2017. So that starts our highlights list one more time:
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WEST SEATTLE SUMMER FEST’S THIRD DAY:
Official festival hours – 11 am to 5 pm – here’s the vendor/merchant list
Ride hours – 10 am to 5 pm (prices here)
Kids Zone activity schedule – see the schedule here
Food hours – 11 am to 5 pm
Music – Starts with South Sound Tug & Barge at noon, final performance The Dusty 45s at 4 pm (here’s the schedule)
GreenLife presentations – see the schedule here
Community Tent organizations – see the list here
Even if you’ve already been – come see what you missed! And if you’re looking for anything or anyone in particular, come see us in the Information Booth at California/Alaska.
YES, THE FARMERS’ MARKET IS STILL ON: You’ll find it in the lot behind KeyBank etc. on the south side of SW Alaska between California and 44th. 10 am-2 pm.
GET TO THE FESTIVAL VIA THE MINI-STP BIKE RIDE: 9:15 am departure from North Admiral, headed from Seattle (Street) to Portland (Street, in Gatewood), and then to Summer Fest. All ages! Details here.
And outside The Junction:
WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARK: Highland Park spraypark and Lincoln Park wading pool are open 11 am-5 pm; Delridge wading pool is open noon-6:30 pm. (Find addresses here)
MEDITERRANEAN FANTASY FESTIVAL, LAST DAY EVER: 11 am-5 pm, one last day full of dancing, as the region’s biggest belly-dance celebration concludes its 30-year run. Find dancing inside and outside Hiawatha Community Center; here’s the lineup. And here are our photos from Saturday. (2700 California SW)
ALKI LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: 1-4 pm, visit the historic lighthouse at Alki Point – get there by 3:40 pm to be part of the last group in. (3201 Alki SW)
BLUEGRASS AND OLD-TIME MUSIC … with Jamtime at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 1-4 pm. (5612 California SW)
SEATTLE GREEN SPACES COALITION: You’re invited to the SGSC meeting at 3 pm, High Point Library. (35th SW/SW Raymond)
SEE WHAT ELSE IS UP … by checking our complete-calendar page!
West Seattle Summer Fest is again the big event of the day and night, in the streets in the heart of The Junction:
(“Live” image of festival zone, courtesy of SDOT info-map camera – refresh page for newest image)
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SUMMER FEST TODAY/TONIGHT:
Official festival hours – 10 am to 6 pm – here’s the vendor/merchant list
Ride hours – 10 am to 8 pm (prices here)
Kids Zone activity schedule – see the schedule here
Food hours – 10 am to ~8 pm
Music – Starts with School of Rock performers at 11:30 am, concludes with headliner Brent Amaker and The Rodeo at 10 pm (here’s the schedule)
Mayoral forum – ~15 of the 21 candidates for Seattle Mayor will be in the forum we’re moderating at the Sustainable West Seattle GreenLife Expo, 2 pm
GreenLife presentations – see the schedule here
Community Tent organizations – see the list here
Also, don’t miss Pet Junction (by Next-to-Nature), Art Dive (California just north of Oregon), the new band-merch tent by the main stage, the beer garden by the main stage … and as you pass by, wave hi to us in the Info Booth (California/Alaska – we’re on the north-facing side).
Here are the highlights of what else is happening today:
DUWAMISH ROWING CLUB REGATTA: Now through noon, as previewed here, it’s the second annual regatta for our area’s only rowing club – all welcome at Duwamish Waterway Park in South Park. (10th Ave. S. & S. Elmgrove)
FINAL MEDITERRANEAN FANTASY FESTIVAL: As we reported in our recent interview with founder Saroya Poirier, this is the final year of the 30-years-running two-day belly-dancing festival in and around Hiawatha Community Center. Dancing and shopping, 11 am-7 pm today – schedules are linked here. (2700 California SW)
WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARK OPEN TODAY: Lincoln Park wading pool and Highland Park spraypark are open 11 am-8 pm; Delridge and Hiawatha wading pools are open noon-6:30 pm. (Find addresses here)
COLMAN POOL CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC: Final day this year that the pool is scheduled to be closed to the public because of a swim meet – open again tomorrow.
TALK WITH YOUR SCHOOL BOARD REP: Got a question, concern, compliment, idea, etc., for something related to Seattle Public Schools? Drop-in community conversation with West Seattle/South Park’s Seattle School Board director Leslie Harris, 3-5 pm at Southwest Library. (9010 35th SW)
ROO FORREST & FRIENDS: At C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
INDIE ROCK AND PUNK & ROLL: That’s what’s on the slate tonight at Parliament Tavern, 9 pm-midnight. $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral)
MUCH MORE … just check our complete-calendar page.
The weekend is in view and there are many reasons to leap for joy:
WEST SEATTLE SUMMER FEST: Our area’s biggest party of the year officially starts at 10 am. We’re in the Information Booth again this year for as-it-happens coverage starting later this morning (watch our Twitter feed for festival scenes, too), but here meantime are the toplines:
Shopping: 10 am-6 pm – here’s the list
Kids’ rides: 10 am-8 pm – here are ride hours and prices
Schedule for other kids’ activities is here
GreenLife – Sustainable West Seattle‘s sustainability-and-more expo is in Junction Plaza Park off Alaska east of California – schedule is here
Food: 10 am-8-ish for booths, later for many year-round restaurants – here’s the list
Music: Starts on the main stage (California north of Oregon) at 3:30 pm with Po’Brothers; headliner Thunderpussy takes the stage at 10 – here’s the schedule
Beer garden: Next to the stage, open till late
Community groups: In the Info Booth – see the list here
Pet Junction: By Next to Nature, on west side of California north of Alaska – see the list here
See you at Summer Fest! Also today/tonight:
WADING POOLS/SPRAYPARK: Open today are the Highland Park spraypark and Lincoln Park wading pool, 11 am-8 pm; Hiawatha wading pool, noon-6:30 pm; EC Hughes wading pool, noon-7 pm. (Find addresses here)
COLMAN POOL CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC TODAY/TOMORROW … for a swim meet.
FREE SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: Greenstage presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” 7 pm at High Point Commons Park, directed by Erin Day. Details in our calendar listing. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)
MOVIE IN THE PARK: “Hidden Figures” will be shown at the “park” south of West Seattle Church of the Nazarene at dusk, 9 pm-ish. Free hot dogs and soda. All welcome! (42nd SW/SW Juneau)
MODERNIST GARAGE AND PSYCH POP: That’s what you’ll find at Parliament Tavern tonight. $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
THERE’S MORE … as you’ll see on our complete-calendar page.
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARK: Open today are Lincoln Park wading pool and Highland Park spraypark, both 11 am-8 pm; Hiawatha wading pool, noon-6:30 pm; EC Hughes wading pool, noon-7 pm. (Find addresses here)
CONSTRUCTION WORKER STORY TIME: 11:30 am at High Point Library, it’s a special story time – construction workers from a nearby site will talk with kids about their work. You can walk over to the site afterward and see what’s going on – including a crane! (35th/Raymond)
DRAWING AND WINE: 4-6 pm at the Log House Museum‘s courtyard, stop by and draw while taking inspiration from the garden and sipping wine. Free, donations accepted. (61st SW/SW Stevens)
WEST SEATTLE ART WALK: 5 pm start – see the map/venue list in our preview published last night, and see artist previews here. One big WSAW event: At Viscon Cellars (5910 California SW; WSB sponsor), check out the team of winemaker Ben Viscon, painter Lindsay Peyton, and books/wine curator Jessica Trouillaud.
WEST SEATTLE SUMMER FEST EVE: 6 pm, the streets close for festival setup (California between Genesee and Edmunds, Alaska between 42nd and 44th), and special entertainment, including Bubbleman at California/Alaska at 7 pm; Big Band Blue outside West 5, 7-9 pm; and Shabazz Palaces in-store at Easy Street Records, 7 pm. All free. Come wander around and see what else is going on!
OPEN MIC: At C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), “open mic for musicians and singers of all genres of music” – amateurs, professionals, everyone! 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
LOTS MORE … on our complete-calendar page!
(Photo by Don Brubeck, shared via the WSB Flickr group)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, here are highlights of what’s ahead today/tonight in West Seattle:
WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARK OPEN TODAY: Highland Park spraypark and Lincoln Park wading pool are both open 11 am-8 pm; Hiawatha wading pool is open noon-6:30 pm; EC Hughes wading pool is open noon-7 pm. (Find addresses here)
HIGH POINT MARKET GARDEN FARM STAND: Second week for the Wednesday farm stand selling produce grown and harvested a few steps away at High Point Market Garden. 4-7 pm. Here’s our report on day 1 last week. (32nd SW/SW Juneau)
TRIANGLE ROUTE TASK FORCE MEETS: The task force working on improvements for the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth state-ferry route meets again today, starting at Cove Park north of the dock at 4 pm to observe traffic, then moving to Fauntleroy Church (9140 California SW) at 5:15 for the rest of the meeting. Here’s the agenda (PDF).
DISASTER BOOK CLUB: 6-7:30 pm at Southwest Library:
This month we are reading Max Brooksā āWorld War Z.ā Learn about pandemic outbreaks and what the city is doing to prepare for the undead roaming amongst us. We will be joined by Alison Levy, Emergency Operations Manager for Public Health Seattle-King County, who will discuss pandemics and how they can affect Seattle.
(9010 35th SW)
34TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS: 7 pm at The Hall at Fauntleroy, with an agenda including consideration of an endorsement for Seattle Mayor. (9131 California SW)
THE BILLY JOE SHOW: Live at Parliament Tavern, starting at 9 pm. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
(Cedar waxwings, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
What’s up for the rest of today/tonight:
WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARK OPEN TODAY: Lincoln Park wading pool and Highland Park spraypark are both open 11 am-8 pm; Delridge wading pool is open noon-6:30 pm. (Find addresses here)
JUSTIN KAUSAL-HAYES: Live music at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor), 5-8 pm. (1936 Harbor SW)
CONVERSATION & FILM ABOUT GENDER DISCRIMINATION: 6 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, presented by Southwest Youth and Family Services. Watch and talk about the film “Anita” – more info in our calendar listing. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
JUNCTION LAND USE COMMITTEE ON HALA REZONING: 6:30 pm at the Senior Center/Sisson Building, the Junction Land Use Committee presents a workshop with information on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda‘s proposed Mandatory Housing Affordability rezoning, as previewed here, as the DEIS comment period continues, extended by the city until August 7th. (4217 SW Oregon)
WEST SEATTLE BIKE CONNECTIONS: This month’s meeting moved to the second Tuesday because of last week’s holiday. 6:30 pm at HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor), with agenda items including the Roxbury and Avalon paving/rechannelization projects and next Sunday’s Mini-STP ride. (41st/Alaska)
FAMILY STORY TIME: 7 pm at Delridge Library, bring the kids for stories, songs, and rhymes. (5423 Delridge Way SW)
MAYORAL CANDIDATES @ ADMIRAL NA: As previewed on Monday,
three FIVE mayoral candidates will talk to the Admiral Neighborhood Association at 7 pm, The Sanctuary at Admiral. The group is also looking ahead to the Summer Concerts at Hiawatha series that it’s presenting starting next week. (42nd SW/SW Lander)
MORE … on our complete-calendar page!
Options aplenty for today/tonight, and many are at your local Seattle Public Library branches! Highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
X-STREAM MAGIC: 11 am at West Seattle (Admiral) Library, free, geared toward kids 5-12 – more info in our calendar listing. (2306 42nd SW)
WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARK: Here’s what’s open today and when – Lincoln Park wading pool and Highland Park spraypark, 11 am-8 pm; Delridge wading pool, noon-6:30 pm. (Go here to find addresses)
LUNCH AT THE LIBRARIES: Just a reminder of our ongoing summer listings, anyone 18 and under can get lunch for free at the High Point (35th SW/SW Raymond) or Delridge (5423 Delridge Way SW) libraries, 12:30-1:30 pm.
BUSINESS WORKSHOP: 6-8 pm at Delridge Library, learn how to grow your small business. Free, but registration is recommended – more info in our calendar listing. (5423 Delridge Way SW)
EVENING BOOK GROUP @ SOUTHWEST LIBRARY: 6:45 pm – this month’s title is “Mountains Beyond Mountains” by Tracy Kidder. All welcome. (35th SW/SW Henderson)
EVENING BOOK GROUP @ WS LIBRARY: 6:45 pm – this month’s title is “On Such a Full Sea” by Chang-Rae Lee.
MUSIC UNDER THE STARS, WEEK 2: It’s the second of four Monday nights for this free series presented by the Seattle Chamber Music Society at Delridge Community Center park – 7:30 pm, a group will perform live; 8 pm, you’re invited to stay and listen to audio of KING-FM’s live broadcast of SCMS’s festival concert at Benaroya Hall. Bring your own chair/blanket. Here’s our coverage of last week’s event. (Delridge Way SW/SW Genesee)
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Among the produce that’s at or near its peak – cherries! Market’s open 10 am-2 pm today in the street in The Junction (California between Oregon and Alaska). Remember that NEXT Sunday (July 16th), because of West Seattle Summer Fest, the market will be in the parking lot behind KeyBank.
TODAY’S WADING POOL/SPRAYPARK HOURS: Lincoln Park wading pool and Highland Park spraypark are both open 11 am-8 pm today; also open, Delridge wading pool, noon-6:30 pm. (Find addresses here)
LOW TIDE, WITH BEACH NATURALISTS: 11 am-1:30 pm, Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists are out at Lincoln and Constellation parks – low tide is -1.4 feet at 11:49 am.
COLMAN POOL REOPENS … to the public after three days of swim-meet closures. Noon-7 pm – here’s the schedule.
… BUT ALKI LIGHTHOUSE IS CLOSED: Per the lighthouse website, today’s tours are canceled.
THREE-BAND BILL … at Parliament Tavern, 8-11 pm. Details in our calendar listing. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
CHECK THE WEEK AHEAD … via our complete calendar.
PUGET PARK TREE-THINNING OPEN HOUSE/SITE WALK: As previewed earlier this week, today from 10 am to 1 pm, Seattle Parks holds an open house at the Chan Education Center on the north side of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus for anyone interested in finding out more about this project. Presentation at 10:30; site walk at 11:30. (6000 16th SW)
SEAFAIR PIRATES LANDING: 10 am-6 pm at Alki Beach, with vendors, kids’ activities, music (scheduled 11 am-4 pm), and of course, the Seafair Pirates coming ashore (around 2 pm but could be earlier or later – last year they arrived closer to 1) … all centered around the Alki Bathhouse vicinity. (60th SW/Alki SW)
LOW TIDE, WITH BEACH NATURALISTS: At 11:15 am, the tide is out to -1.3 feet, and Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists will be out at Constellation (south of Alki Point) and Lincoln parks from 10 am-noon to talk with you about it.
SPRAY PARK AND WADING POOLS THAT ARE OPEN: Highland Park spraypark is open 11 am-8 pm, Lincoln Park wading pool is open 11 am-8 pm, Delridge wading pool is open noon-6:30 pm, Hiawatha wading pool is open noon-6:30 pm. (Find addresses here)
SENATOR CANTWELL IN WHITE CENTER: For the first time in years, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell is having town-hall meetings, and the final one is this morning in White Center, 11 am-12:30 pm at TEC High School (Evergreen HS campus). You need a (free) ticket so go here ASAP to get one, and to check the event rules. (830 SW 116th)
FOOD TRUCK AT LINCOLN PARK: Lil J’s Super Dawgs Food Truck is back at Lincoln Park on Saturdays starting today, 11:30 am-5:30 pm, with “gourmet hot dogs, sausages, French fries, veggie dawgs available.” (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)
COLMAN POOL CLOSED: The outdoor pool on the shore at Lincoln Park is closed to the public today because of a swim meet – back open Sunday.
ALKI LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: Free tours of historic Alki Point Lighthouse with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, 1-4 pm – be there by 3:40 pm to be part of the last tour group allowed in. (3201 Alki SW)
FAREWELL SEATTLE, HELLO BERLIN: A musical going-away party at Parliament Tavern, as explained here, starting at 9 pm. $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
SEE THE COMPLETE LINEUP on our calendar page.
ORIGINAL REPORT, 10:27 AM: From Lynda:
We live on the corner of 51st and Hudson and had 10 patio chairs taken about 20 minutes ago.
My young son and I spent an hour this morning scrubbing down 12 plastic patio chairs on our sidewalk. A friend is having a birthday party this afternoon and they wanted to borrow our chairs. Well, we scrubbed them up nicely and set them out to dry. We went inside for breakfast and when we came back out, less than 15 minutes later, all of the chairs, except for 2, were gone. They were stacked nicely right next to my husbandās truck, there was no āfreeā sign and no obvious indication that they were there for the taking.
I would like to think of this as an honest mistake and that whoever took the chairs did so, by thinking they were there for free. Perhaps by posting this on the blog, whoever took them would be so kind as to bring them back NO QUESTIONS ASKED. I know itās a stretch but the blog has been very rewarding and wonderful to us over the years. Weāll keep our fingers crossed.
UPDATE, 11:21 AM: When we replied to Lynda to let her know we had published this, she said it actually happened a month ago and apparently the e-mail was stuck in her account’s outbox, just going out today for reasons unknown. (It carried today’s date, so we had no way of knowing. We do sometimes see e-mail come through with dates days or weeks earlier, and when that happens, we check with the sender to verify.) The chairs never were returned, though, so if you know someone who thought they got a great stack of free chairs a month ago …
(Northern flicker at sunset on Alki Point, photographed by Gary Jones)
Here’s what’s ahead for today/tonight as we move toward the post-holiday weekend:
COLMAN POOL CLOSED … to the public, for the second of three days of swim meets. (Tomorrow, and July 14-15, too.)
WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARK OPEN: Highland Park spraypark is open 11 am-8 pm; Lincoln Park wading pool is open 11 am-8 pm; EC Hughes wading pool is open noon-7 pm, Hiawatha wading pool is open noon-6:30 pm. (Find addresses here)
WORDS, WRITERS, WEST SEATTLE: 5-7 pm at Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society-presented author series will feature Jeff and Sonja Anderson and their book on “Mount Rainier’s Historic Inns and Lodges.” Here’s their video invitation, courtesy of SWSHS:
Free drop-in event – details in our calendar listing. (2600 SW Barton)
CORNER BAR TURNS 5: Highland Park Improvement Club‘s pop-up monthly bar-and-more is celebrating its fifth anniversary tonight, starting at 6. DJ Dr. Lehl will spin, and The Drew Medak Trio will play live jazz. Food truck! New swag! All ages until 9 pm. (1116 SW Holden)
WALK TO PROTECT AND RESTORE THE SALISH SEA: As previewed here on Thursday, this advocacy walk is planning a rally at the Duwamish Longhouse around 6:30 pm, when walkers arrive from downtown. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)
ALAN EHRLICH: Live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
OUTDOOR MOVIE: Park West invites you to an outdoor showing of “La La Land” tonight. Doors open at 8 pm. Free. Refreshments provided. BYO lawn chair(s). RSVP info in our calendar listing. (1703 California SW)
HONKY TONK, OUTLAW COUNTRY, AND BLUEGRASS: 9 pm at Parliament Tavern, that’s what three bands will play for you. $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
OF COURSE, THERE’S MORE … on our complete-calendar page.
Looking ahead to the rest of your Thursday:
COLMAN POOL CLOSED: Today, tomorrow, and Saturday, Lincoln Park’s outdoor saltwater pool on the shore is closed to the public because of a swim meet. (July 14-15, too.)
WADING POOLS & SPRAYPARK OPEN: Lincoln Park‘s wading pool, meantime, is open until 8 pm, as is Highland Park spraypark; also open today, EC Hughes wading pool, noon-7 pm, and Hiawatha wading pool, noon-6:30 pm. (Find addresses here)
EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY CENTER OPEN HOUSE: Until 4 pm today, you’re invited to the EOC at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) to ” receive one-on-one assistance with FAFSA and guidance on degree and certificate programs, high school completion, English language programs, apprenticeships and more!” Our calendar listing has full details, including where to find the EOC on campus. (6000 16th SW)
DESIGN-REVIEW DOUBLEHEADER: The Southwest Design Review Board looks at two projects tonight, as previewed here Monday: The meeting at the Senior Center/Sisson Building starts at 6:30 pm with 3078 SW Avalon Way (map). As the design packet for this meeting explains, an appeal decision in 2014 sent this back to the board. It’s described as “a 7-story structure … 102 residential units (with offstreet) parking for 59 vehicles.” The 8 pm review is the board’s first look at 9049 20th SW (map), described as “a 2-story addition to existing structure for 27 apartment units (22 apartments and 5 small efficiency dwelling units). Two stories to be demolished. Existing office space and storage to remain.” This is an Early Design Guidance meeting, focused on “massing” (height, shape, etc.), as reflected in the design packet. Both meetings will include time for public comment. (4217 SW Oregon)
READ THE KORAN IN 4 WEEKS: First Lutheran Church of West Seattle pastor Rev. Ron Marshall‘s longrunning class starts its next series tonight, as previewed here last month. Here’s how to check to see if there’s room. 7 pm. (4205 California SW)
HORSE & TIGER: “Funky instrumental improv” at Parliament Tavern, 8 pm. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
AND MORE … on our complete-calendar page.
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar (where you’ll find even more of what’s going on today/tonight/beyond):
AVALON SUBSTATION @ LANDMARKS BOARD: As announced in May, the city Landmarks Board will consider the former Avalon Substation building at its City Hall meeting today, 3:30 pm. The review is part of the process through which Seattle City Light is seeking to demolish the building as part of a site cleanup. Public comment welcome. (600 4th Avenue)
WEST SEATTLE LITTLE LEAGUE TEAM IN CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: From Kathy Powers:
The WSLL 10/11 year old All Star team has made it to the District 7 championship game!
Come cheer them on (tonight) at Pacwest in SeaTac. Game time is 6 pm. Wear your red to support the team. See you there!
(14653 16th Ave S, SeaTac)
DANCE! 6-8 pm, monthly evening Dance Time with Lauren Petrie at the Senior Center of West Seattle. Details here. (4217 SW Oregon)
SOUTHWEST DISTRICT COUNCIL: As previewed on Tuesday, the SWDC **does** have a July meeting, and all are welcome. Topics include the Port, paving, and noise. 6:30 pm at the Sisson Building/Senior Center. (4217 SW Oregon)
JIM PAGE: Singer-songwriter performing at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
PISTOL SISTERS AND MANNEQUIN BBQ: Performing at 8 pm at Parliament Tavern. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
Plus … our daily aquatics check:
WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARK: Open today – Lincoln Park wading pool, until 8 pm; Highland Park spraypark, until 8 pm; Hiawatha wading pool, noon-6:30 pm; EC Hughes wading pool, noon-7 pm. (Addresses are here)
And an advance alert:
COLMAN POOL CLOSURES … While the outdoor saltwater pool on the shore at Lincoln Park is open **today** as regularly scheduled, it will be closed to the public the next three days for swim meets, July 6-8 (also July 14-15).
(Black-capped chickadee, photographed in Gatewood by Jeremiah Holt)
On the day before Independence Day, here’s what’s going on:
WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARK: Open today are – Highland Park spraypark, 11 am-8 pm; Lincoln Park wading pool, 11 am-8 pm; Delridge wading pool, 12 pm-6:30 pm. (Addresses are here)
GAME-BUILDING SERIES: For ages 10-14 – create a mobile game! 2 pm at High Point Library. Preregistration required – check with the library to see if there’s still room. (35th SW/SW Raymond)
FREE CONCERT IN THE PARK: “Music Under the Stars” includes a chamber ensemble performing live at Delridge Community Center park at 7:30 pm followed by a live audio broadcast from Benaroya Hall at 8 pm, as previewed here. (Delridge Way SW/SW Genesee)
Looking for West Seattle 4th of July info? Find it here!