West Seattle, Washington
(Band-tailed pigeon, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
For the first full day of summer, here are the highlights, most from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
WATER TAXI PIER 50 OPEN HOUSE: 3:30 pm-6:30 pm, look for the Water Taxi tent at Pier 50 to find out more about the changes coming later this summer when the Colman Dock project moves into construction mode – a temporary service interruption followed by longer-term (but not permanent) dock-location and schedule changes. (See our previous report for more backstory.)
END-OF-SCHOOL-YEAR PARTY: Though the last day of school isn’t until Monday (for Seattle Public Schools, anyway), you can celebrate early at Delridge Community Center, 4-6 pm. Details here. (4501 Delridge Way SW)
POP-UP CLOTHING GIVEAWAY: The West Seattle Helpline‘s Clothesline has another pop-up event at High Point Library, 4:30-5:45 pm, with free clothing for anyone in need, no questions asked. (35th SW/SW Raymond)
CHIEF SEALTH INTERNATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION: First of two graduation ceremonies tonight at Southwest Athletic Complex. 5 pm. (2801 SW Thistle)
COMMUNITY GENERAL STORE SOLSTICE PARTY: 5-8 pm, stop by the Community General Store and celebrate the first full day of summer on the patio. “We’ll celebrate with music, food, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, and outdoor fun.” (5214 Delridge Way SW)
WEST SEATTLE NEIGHBORHOOD GREENWAY DROP-IN EVENT: 5:30-7 pm at Southwest Library, find out more about the “most promising route” for the future greenway, and share your feedback. Also be sure to answer the online survey. Here’s our original report. (9010 35th SW)
ORCA HALF REGISTRATION + YOGA: Tonight’s group run at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), 6:15 pm, includes your chance to register for the September 24th Orca Half and a yoga session. (2743 California SW)
DELRIDGE NEIGHBORHOODS DISTRICT COUNCIL: 7 pm at Neighborhood House High Point. We’ll add agenda highlights later if/when we get them. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)
WEST SEATTLE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION: Second of two graduation ceremonies tonight at Southwest Athletic Complex. 8 pm. (2801 SW Thistle)
DEADGRASS: Grateful Dead meets bluegrass, 8-11 pm at Parliament Tavern. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
THE FUTURE AWAITS … look ahead days, weeks, months via our complete-calendar page.
(Parent and fledgling black-capped chickadees, photographed by Danny McMillin)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar for the rest of today and tonight:
OFFICE JUNCTION FAREWELL PARTY: Former proprietors Christine and Stefan – the space is now under new ownership and a new name, West Seattle Coworking – invite friends and collaborators to their farewell party, 6:30-9:30 pm. (6040 California SW)
WEST SEATTLE CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL: Bring your neighborhood crime/safety concerns to local police at the monthly WSCPC meeting at the Southwest Precinct. This month’s guest is scheduled to be SPD Gang Unit commander Lt. Marc Garth-Green. 7 pm, all welcome. (2300 SW Webster)
UNPLUGGED – A MUSICAL GATHERING: At C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), “an informal venue in a cozy coffeehouse for acoustic instrumentalists and singers of all stripes.” 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
SOUTH SOUND TUG AND BARGE: 8-11 pm at Parliament Tavern, “unbridled bluegrass, Irish and folk tunes with a side of punk.” (4210 SW Admiral Way)
SOLSTICE SUNSET WATCH, WITH ECLIPSE INFO: West Seattle’s NASA Solar System Ambassador Alice Enevoldsen will be at Solstice Park tonight for her 33rd solstice/equinox sunset watch, even if it’s cloudy. It’s also her last scheduled event before August’s solar eclipse, so she’ll be talking about eclipse-viewing, too! 8:45 pm (sunset at 9, and the actual solstice moment is less than half an hour later) – full details on her website. (7400 Fauntleroy Way SW)
(Looking eastward over Alki Point, to Schmitz Park and beyond – photographed Friday by Long Bach Nguyen)
Looking ahead to the rest of today/tonight:
WEST SEATTLE LITTLE LEAGUE: Not in West Seattle, but not far – the WSLL Majors champs, the Red Sox, play tonight in a regional championship game at Rainier Playfield, 6:15 pm, and you’re invited to go cheer them on. (3700 South Alaska)
MADISON MS CONCERT: The Madison Middle School Band performs its spring concert tonight at 7 pm. (45th SW/SW Spokane)
LOOK INTO THE FUTURE … via our complete calendar!
(Female Rufous Hummingbird, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
The official start of summer is three days away, but today’s events truly kick off the West Seattle summer season:
RELAY FOR LIFE CLOSING CEREMONY: 7:30 am at Hiawatha, it’s the end of this year’s Relay for Life-West Seattle all-night cancer-fighting fundraiser. (2700 California SW)
GATEWOOD ELEMENTARY PAINTING PARTY: 9 am-noon, it’s prep time, and 12:30 pm-3 pm it’s painting and cleanup time, as previewed here – show up at either or both of those times if you can help! (4320 SW Myrtle)
ADMIRAL ADOPT-A-STREET: 9 am-noon, all volunteers welcome at the quarterly Admiral Neighborhood Association cleanup – meet at Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor), where pre- and post-cleanup treats will be provided. (42nd/Admiral)
WEST DUWAMISH GREENBELT TRAILS WORK PARTY CANCELED: FYI, in case it was on your list.
WEST SEATTLE NEIGHBORHOOD GREENWAY FEEDBACK: Last weekend, we reported that SDOT had gone public with the “most promising route” for the next West Seattle “greenway.” This morning, 10 am-11:30 am at Uptown Espresso in The Junction, you can bring questions and comments to SDOT at a drop-in event. (California/Edmunds/Erskine)
MORGAN JUNCTION COMMUNITY FESTIVAL: 10 am-5 pm in Morgan Junction Park, plus behind Zeeks Pizza (WSB sponsor)/Whisky West, and inbetween, it’s the Morgan Community Association-presented festival, with entertainment, food, kids’ activities, and vendors/community organizations. Just one of many highlights: The Bubbleman at 10:30 am. Festival co-sponsors include WSB. Lots of info in our most-recent preview. (West side of California, north of Fauntleroy Way)
WESTWOOD VILLAGE STREET FAIR: 10 am-6 pm at Westwood Village, with Wyatt’s Jewelers (WSB sponsor) promising giveaways including free polishing cloths, ring pops, and superhero bling! Plus, the fair offers local artists and businesses, four bands, dance teams, kids’ crafts, face painting, balloons, a pet-costume contest, inflatable bouncy toys, and the always-popular train. Plus superhero visits. (2600 SW Barton)
And right across the street …
ROXHILL BOG TOURS: 11 am-3 pm, everyone’s invited to join Roxhill Elementary students at Roxhill Bog for tours, lunch, mariachi, and more, as noted at the end of this WSB report earlier this week. (29th/Barton)
NO ALKI LIGHTHOUSE TOURS TODAY: But they’ll resume on Sunday.
ART OPENING AT DELRIDGE COMMUNITY CENTER PARK: Opening of “Passing By,” work by local artist Kalina Chung that “utilizes a mint color that is representative of Cottage Grove Court, an iconic housing complex in the Delridge community. The artwork interacts with this growing city and the effects on neighborhoods, creating a conversation on gentrified-affected architecture.” 3-6 pm in the field at the community center’s park. (4501 Delridge Way SW)
(added) BLOCK PARTY: 5-10 pm on 23rd Ave SW. From Diana: “Neighbors, bring your favorite chair, dish, and beverage! Road will be closed during duration from 6368/6369 to 6512 23rd Ave SW (Access by residents and emergency services only!).”
ROO FORREST AND FRIENDS: Originals and covers, live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
SUE QUIGLEY CD RELEASE: Local musician’s 4th CD! Live at Whisky West, 8 pm. 21+. (6451 California SW)
BUCKETS OF RAIN: Live at Parliament Tavern, 9 am-midnight. $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
Five highlights for tonight:
RELAY FOR LIFE-WEST SEATTLE: The annual overnight relay to raise money to fight cancer is happening at Hiawatha Playfield this year, and it starts at 6 tonight. You’re invited to stop by for events including the survivors’ lap (6:30 pm) and luminarias (10 pm). It continues until the closing ceremony at 7:30 am Saturday. (2700 California SW)
MOVIE NIGHT AT HPIC: Doors open at 6 at Highland Park Improvement Club, short at 6:15, main feature – “Sing!” – at 7. Free, but bring money for concessions. (1116 SW Holden)
BOBCAT BOB: Guitarist and song stylist Bob “Bobcat Bob” Rice performs at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
FREAKS FOR THE FESTIVAL – THE RAHSAAN ROLAND KIRK JAZZ PARTY: 9 pm at Parliament Tavern, “a celebration of life with music, poetry, and art.” $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
COMEDY SHOWCASE: 9 pm (doors @ 8) at The Skylark. $10. 21+. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
PREVIEW YOUR WEEKEND … on our complete-calendar page!
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar for today/tonight:
CHEF-IN-RESIDENCE: Best-selling cookbook author Kim O’Donnel is the new West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) chef in residence and starting this week, on Growing Washington CSA produce pickup day at the Y, she’ll “be cooking from a farm box, Iron Chef style, around 4:30 pm … Public invited – not required to be signed up for farm box to stop by and have a taste of what I’ve cooked up.” (36th SW/SW Snoqualmie)
SEE, DISCUSS THE DESIGN FOR DELRIDGE WETLANDS: You’re invited to Youngstown Cultural Arts Center 6-9 pm tonight for an open house focused on the proposed design for the Delridge Wetlands project. See it and comment on it! In the South Classroom. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
WEST SEATTLE HIGH SCHOOL CONCERT: The photo above is from the end of West Seattle High School Jazz Band‘s recent trip to New York City – the recording session that concluded the trip. The jazz musicians and other WSHS ensembles will perform for you tonight at 7 pm in their end-of-school-year concert. Free. (3000 California SW)
ALKI COMMUNITY COUNCIL: 7 pm at Alki UCC. Topics include an SPD update, a noise survey, and the ongoing Your Voice/Your Choice park/street project vote. (6115 SW Hinds)
BELLY DANCING: The monthly Alauda showcase at The Skylark is at 7:30 tonight. Free, all ages. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
SETH ALEXANDER QUINTET AND BAD LUCK: 8-11 pm at Parliament Tavern, “modern original jazz.” No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
(Bald eagle, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
Highlights of what’s ahead today/tonight:
CAKE LINGERIE MATERNITY PARTY: 11 am-4 pm at the new Junction storefront of Nurturing Expressions (WSB sponsor), come see the new collections Cake Maternity has created for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Discounts and freebies, too. (4727 44th SW)
CITY COUNCIL INCOME-TAX HEARING: Downtown at City Hall, with 4:30 pm signups to speak, 5 pm hearing continuing until everyone’s been heard from:
City Council’s Finance Committee will host a public hearing this evening on the proposal for an income tax on high-income residents, co-sponsored by Councilmembers Lisa Herbold (District 1, West Seattle and South Park) and Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle). There will be a brief overview presentation of the legislation at the top of the meeting.
The proposal would pursue a more progressive form of taxation, placing a 2 percent tax on joint filers’ income over $500,000 and individual tax filers’ income over $250,000. The estimated $125 million in new annual revenue would allow the City to lower the burden associated with property taxes and other regressive taxes, replace federal funding potentially lost through President Trump’s budget cuts, enhance public services such as housing, education, transit, and create green jobs while meeting the City’s carbon reduction goals.
The council could vote as soon as next month. (601 5th Avenue)
MAYORAL FORUM @ 34TH DEMS: 7 pm tonight at The Hall at Fauntleroy, the 34th District Democrats expect at least half a dozen of the mayoral candidates to participate in their forum, which they say might be followed by an endorsement decision. (9131 California SW)
MADISON JAZZ CONCERT: 7 pm, Madison Middle School‘s jazz musicians present their spring concert. (45th SW/SW Spokane)
THE BILLY JOE SHOW: 9 pm at Parliament Tavern, “honky tonk for the soul with Billy Joe Huels of The Dusty 45s, featuring Robin Cady, Kohen Burrill, and guitar legend Rod Cook.” No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
Thanks to Claudio for the photo of the Breitling DC-3, which you might see flying over West Seattle again today – it’s stopping at Boeing Field today during its quest to become the oldest airplane to fly around the globe. Meantime, highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
MEDI-LEG DAY AT NURTURING EXPRESSIONS: 11 am-4 pm, stop by Nurturing Expressions (WSB sponsor) in The Junction for free leg-health screenings and to find out more about compression stockings, socks, sleeves, and garments. Giveaways and treats. At Nurturing Expressions’ new location, featured here on Monday. (4727 44th SW)
JUNCTION NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATION: 6:30 pm at the Senior Center/Sisson Building, JuNO meets, with the agenda including:
Jennifer Burbridge from the Seattle Police Department will be speaking about current crime prevention issues in our neighborhood. We will also receive an update from the JuNO Land Use Committee on the status of MHA/HALA. Additional discussion items on the agenda include:
Fauntleroy Boulevard Improvement – discussion with updates
Green Spaces in WS Junction – discussion and ideas for incorporating more public green spaces into the community
JuNO Community Engagement and Membership Drive Event – organizers and volunteers needed
JuNO Booth at WS Street Fair – ideas and volunteers needed
Junction Plaza Park cleanup – date proposals
All welcome. (4217 SW Oregon)
FAUNTLEROY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: 7 pm board meeting at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse, all welcome. (9141 California SW)
ADMIRAL NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: 7 pm meeting at The Sanctuary at Admiral, all welcome. (Added) Agenda info:
Help us kick off the summer and join us for our June meeting to discuss some of ANA’s biggest events of the year.
HALA Rezoning: ANA letter to the city
Summer Concert Series update & discussion
4th of July Parade sale staffing and coordination
(42nd SW/SW Lander)
BOOZERS! “Psychedelic jam” live at Parliament Tavern, starting at 8 pm. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
Highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, as the week begins:
OPENING DAY FOR B’S PO BOY: The new Cajun restaurant on Alki opens at 11 am today; here’s our preview. (2738 Alki SW)
COMMUNITY ORCHARD OF WEST SEATTLE: 5-7 pm, bring your gloves, and join the weekly work party/meet up as you find out more about this local resource on the northeast end of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus. (6000 16th SW)
FRIENDS OF ROXHILL ELEMENTARY: The group formerly known as the Roxhill Elementary PTSA meets in the school library tonight at 6 pm. The agenda includes planning for playground improvements at EC Hughes before Roxhill is moved there in fall 2018. (30th SW/SW Roxbury)
EVENING BOOK GROUP AT ADMIRAL LIBRARY: 6:45 pm, all are welcome to join the evening book group meeting at West Seattle (Admiral) Library. This month’s book is “The Orchardist” by Amanda Coplin. (2306 42nd SW)
(Anna’s Hummingbirds, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
Good morning! from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar (where you’ll find even more):
WEST SEATTLE LITTLE LEAGUE: Championship play today, and you’re invited to watch, starting at 9:30 am, at Bar-S Playfields. (Admiral Way SW/65th SW)
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: More new, fresh items are showing up every week here in peak season. 10 am-2 pm in the street in The Junction. (California SW between Oregon and Alaska)
COLMAN POOL: Another pre-season weekend at the outdoor saltwater pool on the shore at Lincoln Park, with swim sessions noon-7 pm. Here’s the schedule.
LOW TIDE, WITH BEACH NATURALISTS: Low tide today is -1.5 feet at 12:47 pm; between 11:30 am and 2:30 pm, you’ll find Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists at Constellation and Lincoln Parks.
LOG HOUSE MUSEUM OPEN: Visit the home of West Seattle’s history, noon-4 pm. (61st SW/SW Stevens)
ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: Visit the historic lighthouse for a free tour with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary between 1 pm and 4 pm – be there by 3:40 pm for the last one. (3201 Alki SW)
LINCOLN PARK NATURE WALK: Jonathan Hover will lead a nature walk focused on edible and medicinal plants, 3-5 pm. Check to see if there’s still room. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)
THE WELL SAID: Duo performing with vintage small guitars from the 1930s @ C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm. (5612 California SW)
STEPHANIE KITSON & DANNY LACKER: 7 pm at Parliament Tavern – “R&B and hip-hop arrangements of original material.” No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
From the WSB inbox:
MISDELIVERED PACKAGE: Jenny R says this was not a case of package theft – the US Postal Service shows her package was delivered today, and she was home when her carrier left only envelopes. This is something that can’t just be replaced so she’s wondering if you can check YOUR porch or other delivery spot:
I know people have things misdelivered all the time, but this was a custom-made dress I bought for my upcoming 40th birthday and 15th wedding anniversary, so I’m wondering if neighbors can check their front porches for a priority box addressed to me. I live in the 9400 block of 21st Ave SW. I’m sad.
If you ended up with Jenny’s package, let us know. (SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE: Jenny reports in comments that it was delivered four blocks away and has been returned to her!)
SOLICITOR SUSPICION: Reports of suspicion-sparking door-to-door solicitors are starting to surge again – here’s one, from Bill:
Wanted to alert neighbors of a very aggressive door-to-door solicitor. He said he was looking for donations to attend culinary school. He claimed to be a neighbor and mentioned one of my neighbors by first name. He had a wad of folded/laminated papers, but no badge that I could see. I thanked him and told him I was not interested, but he persisted. I told him two more times I was not interested, then finally had to ask him (twice) to leave my property. As he was walking away, he made a disparaging comment about me being rude.
With door-to-door season seeming to rev up, we’re reminding you about the major rules. As most recently published here last fall:
*Door-to-door (residential) selling is allowed between 8 am-9 pm.
*The entity for whom the seller is working has to have a license, and the seller (agent) must have ID showing the license and the agent’s name: “All licensees and agents shall conspicuously display on their outer clothing their residential sales license or residential sales agent licenses when selling.” If you choose to open the door, ask to see it immediately: “Each residential seller or agent shall, immediately upon contacting the prospective buyer, disclose to the prospective buyer his/her name, company, and the product or service represented.”
*Solicitors are required to honor a “no soliciting” sign if you have one. Whether you do or don’t, they’re also required to honor this part of the code: “If requested to do so, (the agent) shall leave the premises immediately.”
Read the full set of rules by going here.. And note the city says they don’t apply to sellers of “newspapers, or fresh or perishable food items”; nor is a license required for a person who turns up at your door seeking charity donations. (That of course does not mean you can’t ask for ID or further information on what a donation would go toward.)
If you do buy something from a solicitor, you have cancellation rights.
Welcome to a busy summer Saturday in West Seattle!
ROLL HAWKS 5K: First year for a brand-new benefit run, starting at 9 am at the waterfront picnic shelters in Lincoln Park, with proceeds going to the Chief Sealth International High School Cross-Country Team. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)
MURRAY ‘WET-WEATHER FACILITY’ CELEBRATION: 10 am-noon, you’re invited to the community celebration at the combined-sewer-overflow-control facility across from Lowman Beach Park – details here, including the event schedule. Here’s our sneak peek from a tour earlier this week. (48th SW/Beach Drive/Lincoln Park Way)
WEST SIDE ARTISTS’ TOUR: Visit any or all of four participating studios, 10 am-8 pm. Map, addresses, and list can be found here.
LOW TIDE WITH BEACH NATURALISTS: 10:30 am-1:30 pm, Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists will be back at Constellation and Lincoln Parks to assist with your low-tide exploring. Today’s low tide is -1.4 feet at 12:12 pm.
WEST SEATTLE BASEBALL: Celebrate West Seattle Baseball‘s new Snack Shack at the Pee-Wee fields at lower Riverview Playfield, starting at 11 am, ribboncutting at 11:45, Pinto and Mustang championship games start at 1 pm. (7226 12th SW)
TRIBUTE TO CASS TURNBULL: 12:30 pm at the SSC Arboretum, a plaque will be placed in tribute to the late Plant Amnesty founder Cass Turnbull – details in our calendar listing. (6000 16th SW)
NO ALKI LIGHTHOUSE TOURS:The Coast Guard Auxiliary had to cancel them for today. On for tomorrow, though, 1-4 pm.
WINE RELEASE: 2-7 pm, new wines will be poured at Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor) – 2016 Perseverance Viognier and 2016 PORCH Rose’ of Syrah:
You can try and buy the rest of Viscon’s selections, too! (5910 California SW)
(TIME CORRECTED TO 2 PM) LAFAYETTE’S ‘LITTLE MERMAID’: Last chance to see this year’s Lafayette Elementary production! **2 pm** at West Seattle High School Theater, “Little Mermaid Jr.” is back on the stage. Ticket info’s in our calendar listing. (3000 California SW)
TLC FOR FAIRMOUNT PLAYFIELD PARK GREENBELT: 3:30-6 pm, come help Fairmount Playfield‘s volunteer forest steward Christine Deppe continue clearing invasive plants so that hundreds of new native plants can replace them later this year. (Fauntleroy Way/SW Brandon)
ALBUM SIDE SATURDAY: Fun new drop-in event at Highland Park Improvement Club, 4 pm-8 pm. Chick’n Fix food truck will be there 4-7 pm; HPIC DJs will play their favorite vinyl album sides; the bar’ll be open; paper-airplane-making too. All welcome! (1116 SW Holden)
NORTHWEST FIRELIGHT CHORALE: “They sing, they dance (a special brand of “choralography”), and they have a meaningful mission — to invite the opening of people’s hearts to love and healing through inspired rehearsals and performances of soul-stirring music” – and you can see and hear them tonight at 7:30 pm at Fauntleroy Church. More info in our calendar listing.
TRIANGULAR JAZZTET: Live at Whisky West, 9 pm. No cover. 21+. (6451 California SW)
EVEN MORE … on our complete calendar!
Thanks to Lindsi Griggs for today’s featured photo, a barred owl photographed during a walk along Longfellow Creek last night, near the Louisa Boren STEM K-8 campus. Besides birdwatching, here’s what you can do in West Seattle today/tonight:
LOW TIDE WITH BEACH NATURALISTS: This morning’s low tide (-1.3 feet at 11:39 am) isn’t mega-low, but low enough for some good beach-walking, and the Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists are out at Constellation and Lincoln Parks, 10 am-1 pm.
WEST SIDE ARTISTS’ STUDIO TOUR: 4-10 pm, tour four local studios – here’s the map and list. (If you can’t do it today/tonight, the tour continues on Saturday!)
(added) VISCON CELLARS’ NEW WINES: Two new wines are being released by Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor) tonight and tomorrow – “great summer wines, just in time for the sun!” says Ben Viscon. The wines are 2016 Perseverance Viognier and 2016 PORCH Rose’ of Syrah. Pouring 5-9 tonight and 2-7 Saturday. (5910 California SW)
CONCERT AND DANCE: Chief Sealth International High School Jazz Band, Denny International Middle School Jazz Band, and Jazz Underground are all on the bill for a concert and dance tonight in the Sealth Galleria, 6 pm dance lesson, 7 pm concert and open dance floor. Free; donations welcome. (2600 SW Thistle)
JOHN BRAZELL: 7-9 pm, singer/songwriter live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), performing with Browder Sister. (5612 California SW)
METAL MEN, GUARDIAN ALIEN: 9 pm at Parliament Tavern – don’t miss the description. $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
FOUR BANDS: See The Skylark‘s slate here. 9 pm. $7 cover. 21+. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
P.S. Last day of school for some in our area – see the list in our morning traffic-watch coverage!
Before we get to what’s up for today/tonight – anybody able to ID that chipmunk? Mark says it has “taken up residence in our yard on Gatewood Hill. Over the 32 years we have lived in our house we’ve never seen a chipmunk in the neighborhood, and I’m not at all sure they are all that common in our part of town. I’ve seen plenty over the years in the foothills and higher peaks of the Cascades and Olympics, but not in our suburban environment.”
Now – to calendar highlights.
DINE OUT FOR HIGHLAND PARK ELEMENTARY PLAYGROUND: 15 percent of proceeds today/tonight at Zippy’s Giant Burgers in White Center (open until 9 pm) will support the Highland Park Elementary playground project – watch for an update on the project here later today! (9614 14th SW)
DRAWING & WINE AT LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: 4-6 pm on second Thursdays, stop by the Log House Museum and sip wine while drawing – perhaps inspired by the courtyard garden. Free, but donations welcome. (61st SW/SW Stevens)
WEST SEATTLE ART WALK, FEATURING MAKERS MARKET: Another new addition for tonight’s WS Art Walk – a Makers’ Market in Junction Plaza Park! It starts at 5 pm in the park at 42nd SW/SW Alaska. Info’s in this month’s Art Walk roundup, which also has highlights from some of the regular stops on the map:
At Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor), you’ll find Fritz Rud and his unique work:
As explained on the Click! blog, “West Seattle local Fritz Rud pairs salvaged vintage equipment with his own custom woodworking to create sculptural objects for listening to music on your phone.” (4540 California SW)
Remember that the Art Walk now includes supporting food and drink specials at some venues – that includes Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor), where there’s no tasting fee on Art Walk night. Viscon’s newest releases are available for tasting and purchase, and you can meet artist Lindsay Peyton. (5910 California SW)
OPEN HOUSE AT ‘THE BUILDING’: 6-9 pm, this Gatewood building full of art and artists welcomes you to stop by tonight for its “Spring Into Summer Open House.” (4316 SW Othello)
AND THERE’S MORE … on our complete calendar.
Things you can do in West Seattle today/tonight:
WHALE-WATCHING: The humpback sightings resumed early this morning off Beach Drive and Alki – last night happy shore-based whale watchers watched two until they were out of sight. Thanks to Jim Borrow for the photo above from last night (see more photos in our sunset story), and to Vanessa Fox for Twitter reports early today.
And from our calendar:
DISASTER BOOK CLUB: 6 pm at West Seattle (Admiral) Library: “Join Seattle Office of Emergency Management *(staffer) and author Steve Olson to discuss his award-winning book ‘Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens‘.” (2306 42nd SW)
SOUTHWEST DISTRICT COUNCIL: 6:30 pm at Senior Center/Sisson Building, with the agenda including the now-open Your Voice, Your Choice vote and the plan to rechannelize Avalon Way as part of the 2019 paving project. (4217 SW Oregon)
DELRIDGE GROCERY: All invited to tonight’s Delridge Grocery Co-op board meeting, 6:30 pm at Cottage Grove Commons, to find out how to get involved in the next phase of trying to get the store open. RSVP requested at email@example.com. (5444 Delridge Way SW)
ST. PETERSBURG MEN’S ENSEMBLE: 7 pm, in concert at Peace Lutheran Church – details in our calendar listing. (39th SW/SW Thistle)
HANK WILLIAMS TRIBUTE: 13 musicians performing his work, 8 pm at Parliament Tavern. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
(Anna’s Hummingbird, photographed by Mark Ahlness and shared via the WSB Flickr group)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, here’s some of what’s ahead today/tonight:
ALL-METRO LEAGUE BASEBALL GAME: 3:30 pm at Southwest Athletic Complex – come cheer for local high-school-baseball standouts! (2801 SW Thistle)
TRIANGLE IMPROVEMENT TASK FORCE: 4:30-7 pm, the citizens’ committee working on the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth route challenges has its next meeting in the Fellowship Hall at Fauntleroy Church, with a report planned on the recent four-day experiment in changing tollbooth procedures at Fauntleroy. All welcome. (9140 California SW)
DREAM DINNERS OPEN HOUSE: As previewed here last night, two sessions tonight offer you the chance to make three dinners for a discount, plus sample some of what Dream Dinners-West Seattle (WSB sponsor) has to offer. E-mail or phone (info’s in the preview) to see if slots are left at 5 or 6:30.
WESTWOOD-ROXHILL-ARBOR HEIGHTS COMMUNITY COUNCIL: 6:15 pm at Southwest Library. The meeting is scheduled to include a chance to vote in-person on the Your Voice, Your Choice projects (more info in this WSB story). (35th SW/SW Henderson)
WEST SEATTLE BOOSTER CLUB: 7 pm meeting at West Seattle High School, all welcome to come find out how this community group is working to help WSHS athletes. (3000 California SW)
JARED MITCHELL & THE WING TIPS: 8-11 pm, pop-py Americana music at Parliament Tavern. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
Quick look at 4 highlights for your Monday:
DRUMMING CIRCLE: 3 pm at Senior Center of West Seattle. (4217 SW Oregon)
COMMUNITY ORCHARD MEETUP: 5-7 pm today and most Mondays, you’re invited to visit the Community Orchard of West Seattle on the north end of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus for a meetup/work party. Bring gloves and water and be ready to help and learn! (6000 16th SW)
TINKERLAB ACADEMY: FUTURE FASHION: 6-8 pm at Delridge Library: “In this three-part series, learn basic circuitry and sewing as you add LEDs to textiles to create Future Fashion. Drop-in activities will also be available each week.” Part of the ongoing free STEM-based Tinkerlab craft activities; all ages welcome. (5423 Delridge Way SW)
ALL-AGES MONDAY QUIZ: 7:30 pm at The Skylark. Prizes! (3803 Delridge Way SW)
LOOK AHEAD … to the rest of this week and beyond, via our complete-calendar page!
(Black-headed grosbeak, photographed in West Seattle by Mark Wangerin)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, highlights for your Sunday:
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm in the street in The Junction. (California between Oregon and Alaska)
LOOP THE ‘LUPE: As previewed here again last night, last-minute registration and check-in starts at 11 am at Walt Hundley Playfield – the four events and their starting times are strong>Senior Saunter at 1 pm, Youth Dash at 1:30 pm, 5K at 1:45 pm, Obstacle Course at 2:10 pm. (3401 SW Myrtle)
ANNIVERSARY OPEN HOUSE: Community Acupuncture Project is celebrating 8 years with a open house 11:30 am-1 pm. (4545 44th SW)
COLMAN POOL’S 2ND PRESEASON WEEKEND: Swim sessions noon-7 pm at the outdoor saltwater pool on the shore at Lincoln Park – here’s the schedule. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW – walk in from either end of the park)
ALKI LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: 1-4 pm (last group admitted at 3:40 pm), free tours resume at Alki Point Lighthouse. (3201 Alki SW)
‘IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK’: Tour 1905-built Sea View Hall during the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s annual event. Self-guided tours 3-5 pm; more info on the SWSHS website. And check out Paul Dorpat’s “Now and Then” feature on Sea View Hall at seattletimes.com. (4004 59th SW)
SEATTLE GIRLS CHOIR: SGC‘s Prime Voci performs “Voices from the Infinite” at Holy Rosary Church, 3:30 pm: “works by composers exploring our place in the universe.” Free. (42nd/Genesee)
RELAY FOR LIFE TEAM FUNDRAISER: 4-8 pm, raffle for Team Dougie Fresh at The Skylark. Drop by, donate, eat, drink. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
CAMP SECOND CHANCE COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE: All are welcome to the committee’s meeting at the camp, 4 pm. (9701 Myers Way S.)
SUPER JAM: Live music at Parliament Tavern, 7 pm, to benefit Lois Hayashikawa Levin’s Cancer Recovery Fund. $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
(The lovely and loud Steller’s Jay, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
So many choices for the day and night ahead – from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
ART & PUPPY @ DUTCHBOY COFFEE: 8:30-1 pm, drop by Dutchboy Coffee in Highland Park and see this month’s art show plus meet the Newfoundland puppy who’s the stand’s new mascot. (1513 SW Holden)
FLY FEST: Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor) presents this daylong celebration of fly fishing at Me-Kwa-Mooks Park, 9 am-4 pm. Classes, demonstrations, even a free lunch (with the guides’ cookout competition) – here’s the schedule. (4503 Beach Drive SW)
WORKSHOP ON SUPPORTING LOCAL IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES: 10 am-1 pm at Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation, free workshop with local organizations: “Many in our Greater Seattle community want to take action to help local immigrants and refugees; this workshop is designed to provide specifics on how to help.” Details here. (7141 California SW)
LEARN ABOUT FOOD FORESTS: 10 am-12:30 pm workshop at the Community Orchard of West Seattle on the north side of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus, with Kimberly Leeper & Jackie Cramer. Full details – cost, what to bring, what you’ll do – in our calendar listing. (6000 16th SW)
GATEWOOD FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL: 11 am-2 pm, all welcome to enjoy free, fun activities, including Mikey Mike the Rad Scientist (noon-1 pm). Details in our calendar listing. (4320 SW Myrtle)
BARBECUE COOKOFF/FUNDRAISER: 11:30 am-2:30 pm at Daystar, barbecue cookoff and $5 lunch with proceeds benefiting the Senior Center of West Seattle – music and kids’ activities, too. Details in our calendar listing. (2615 SW Barton)
‘WEAR ORANGE’ WALK & RALLY: Gun-violence-prevention advocates will lead a walk from Anchor Park at 11 am, followed by a rally at Alki Beach Park around 11:45 am – details are in our calendar listing. (1150 Alki SW)
(TIME UPDATED) NORTHWEST WINE ACADEMY SPRING RELEASE: Noon-6 pm wine sale and free tasting at NWA on the north end of the South Seattle College campus. (6000 16th SW)
FIRST DAY OF SECOND WEEKEND FOR COLMAN POOL: The outdoor saltwater pool on the shore at Lincoln Park starts its second preseason weekend, with sessions noon-7 pm – schedule’s here. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)
NO ALKI LIGHTHOUSE TOURS TODAY … but they’re expected to resume tomorrow.
SKIN CARE POP-UP: West Seattle resident Kari Gran is at Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) for a 2-6 pm pop-up shop featuring her skin-care creations. (4540 California SW)
WSHS ALL-SCHOOL REUNION & CENTENNIAL ‘GROUP HUG’ PHOTO: The West Seattle High School All-School Reunion starts at 4 pm, celebrating 100 years since the school opened (1917 district photo at left) – the schedule of events is here, culminating in the “Group Hug” photo on the north side of the school – all community members welcome – be there by 6:15 pm. (3000 California SW)
WEST SEATTLE MEANINGFUL MOVIES: “Racing Extinction” is this month’s film.
Doors open at Neighborhood House High Point at 6:30 pm for socializing; film at 7, followed by discussion. Free but donations welcome. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)
Details in our calendar listing. (6115 SW Hinds)
‘THE LION KING’: Encore performance of Our Lady of Guadalupe School (WSB sponsor)’s performance of the kids’ version of the musical, 7 pm. In the gym; free; donations appreciated. More info here. (3401 SW Myrtle)
THE TIKIGRAPHS: 8:30 pm at Parliament Tavern. $7 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
Looking ahead to the rest of your West Seattle Friday:
LOU’S MAKE-A-WISH RUN: Starting around 8:45 this morning on the field at Pathfinder K-8, retired PE teacher Lou Cutler is back for his annual birthday run raising money for Make-A-Wish. One lap for every year – this year, that’s 66! You’re invited to stop by and cheer him on, and/or join him on the track, and/or donate by going here. (1901 SW Genesee)
FREE TASTING @ NORTHWEST WINE ACADEMY: 4-8 pm at the Northwest Wine Academy on the north end of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus, it’s the spring-release celebration. 6-8 pm, alumni winemakers are pouring, too. (6000 16th SW).
WORDS, WRITERS, WEST SEATTLE: 5-7 pm at Barnes and Noble/Westwood Village, meet and hear author Claudia Rowe in this month’s Southwest Seattle Historical Society-presented book talk. Here’s her video invitation:
More in our calendar listing. (2600 SW Barton)
CORNER BAR: The monthly pop-up bar at Highland Park Improvement Club welcomes you starting at 6 pm – all-ages until 9 pm. (1116 SW Holden)
WEST SIDE MUSIC ACADEMY: Students/staff of WSMA perform tonight at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
‘SWEENEY TODD’: Second night for ArtsWest’s new production, 7:30 pm curtain. (4711 California SW)
ALL-STAR REVIEW: More than 20 artists tonight at Parliament Tavern – not just music! 8 pm-1 am, no cover, 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
FIREWORKS: You might hear them late tonight, from across Elliott Bay – the Mariners plan a post-game show at Safeco Field, and sometimes the sound carries.
MORE! See the rest of what’s happening today/tonight on our complete-calendar page.
(Photo by Jim Borrow, who says murmurations of European Starlings have been happening at Alki Point the past few nights)
Here’s what’s ahead for your Thursday:
USS NIMITZ HEADING OUT: Alert for ship-watchers – you can expect an aircraft carrier sighting late this morning as the USS Nimitz deploys from Bremerton.
HAWKS NEST WEST OPENS: As previewed here last night, the new bar/restaurant on Alki officially opens at 3 pm. (2806 Alki SW)
MOVE BOREN STEM K-8? As previewed here yesterday and last week, Seattle Public Schools officials will be at Louisa Boren STEM K-8 at 6:30 tonight to talk about the possibility they’ll propose moving the school to another building. (5950 Delridge Way SW)
DESIGN REVIEW FOR 5458 CALIFORNIA SW: What could be the final Southwest Design Review Board meeting for the six-live-work-unit project at California/Findlay is set for 6:30 pm tonight. The meeting at the Senior Center/Sisson Building includes a public-comment period. (4217 SW Oregon)
MARY LAMBERT AT EASY STREET: 7 pm, free Easy Street Records in-store concert by chart-topping, Grammy-nominated singer Mary Lambert – backstory in our calendar listing. All ages. (California SW/SW Alaska)
NORTH HIGHLINE UNINCORPORATED AREA COUNCIL: 7 pm at North Highline Fire District headquarters, the community council for White Center and vicinity meets. The agenda is previewed on our partner site White Center Now. (1243 SW 112th)
HORSE & TIGER: Live music at Parliament Tavern, 9 pm-midnight: “A night of funky instrumental improv, featuring members of The True Loves.” No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
MUCH MORE … on our complete-calendar page.
Highlights for the rest of your Wednesday:
CAREER FAIR: Under way now until 1 pm at Bartell Drugs‘ corporate headquarters in West Seattle:
Interview on-site for: Pharmacy Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Pharmacist, Pharmacy Manager, Cashier, Receiving/POS Clerk, 2nd Assistant Manager, Assistant Manager, Store Manager. Entry level and management level roles available.
Bring your resumé. (4025 Delridge Way SW, #400)
LAST DAY FOR WEST SEATTLE PCC BEFORE CONSTRUCTION CLOSURE: After today, PCC Natural Markets-West Seattle (WSB sponsor) closes its current store in advance of the site owner’s redevelopment project, which will include a new, larger PCC store. Here’s our story from last week about your options during construction. (2749 California SW)
LOWMAN BEACH SEAWALL MEETING: The north seawall at Lowman Beach Park is crumbling. Seattle Parks is looking at removing it. Will the tennis court east of it stay? Parks invites you to learn, and comment, at an open house tonight at The Hall at Fauntleroy, 6:30-7:30 pm. (9131 California SW)
THE BILLY JOE SHOW: 8-11 pm at Parliament Tavern: “Honky tonk for the soul with Billy Joe Huels of The Dusty 45s, featuring Robin Cady, Kohen Burrill, and guitar legend Rod Cook.” 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
WEEKLY OPEN MIC: No cover, 21+, 8:30 pm at The Skylark. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
LOOK INTO THE FUTURE … via our complete calendar.
Last night’s aurora postponed our plans to publish two beautiful sunset photos – so we’re featuring them here instead. Above, by Chris Frankovich; below, by Jim Borrow.
Now, highlights for the second day of your holiday weekend:
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: See what all this sunshine has ripened! 10 am-2 pm in the street in The Junction. (California between Oregon and Alaska)
LOW-LOW TIDE, WITH BEACH NATURALISTS: 11:30 am-3:30 pm at Constellation Park south of Alki Point and at Lincoln Park, you’ll find volunteer Seattle Aquarium beach naturalists to help you explore the shore responsibly during the low-low tide, which is -3.2 feet today at 1:30 pm.
COLMAN POOL, DAY 2: The outdoor pool on the shore at Lincoln Park continues its first preseason weekend, open at noon – schedule info in our preview. (To get to the pool, walk or bicycle from either end of the park – here’s a map.)
MODE MUSIC STUDIOS PRESENTS OPEN MIC AT SKYLARK: 3-6 pm, it’s the monthly Get On Stage/Get Involved all-ages, no-cover open-mic event at The Skylark, presented by next-door neighbor Mode Music Studios (WSB sponsor). Details on the Skylark calendar. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
BLUES AND ORIGINALS: That’s what Brian Butler plays, and he’s performing at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm today. (5612 California SW)
MELANCHOLIC POP: That’s what you’ll find at Parliament Tavern at 8 pm tonight, with Echo Ravine, Mujahedeen, Jordan Campbell performing. $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
AND THERE’S MORE … on our complete-calendar page.