West Seattle Blog... » WS miscellaneous http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:18:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle Thursday: Summer Concerts at Hiawatha begin! Plus… http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-thursday-summer-concerts-at-hiawatha-begin-plus/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-thursday-summer-concerts-at-hiawatha-begin-plus/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:31:58 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280376

Thanks to Myrtle for sharing the Wednesday afternoon double-rainbow view! Perfect promise of more summery weather returning – in time for tonight’s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha show, and more:

SAVE LIVES: Be a blood donor – today, with the Bloodmobile at the Clock Tower Plaza on the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus, 10:30 am-4:30 pm, with a 12:30 pm-1:30 pm break. More in our calendar listing. (6000 16th SW)

MISSIONmoto CELEBRATION: Afterschool program celebrating its success with youth rebuilding a classic motorcycle, 3 pm at Southwest Youth and Family Services – details in our calendar listing. (Delridge/Alaska)

‘SUMMER CONCERTS AT HIAWATHA’ KICKOFF: Summery weather is scheduled to return just in time. 6:30 tonight on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center, it’s the first of this year’s six Summer Concerts at Hiawatha, presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association, with sponsors including WSB. Free and fun – bring dinner, family, friends, chair/blanket, and enjoy the music of Eclectic Approach. P.S. Little ones? Note that Caspar Babypants is up next week, on 7/31. (2700 California SW, but on the Walnut side)

INTERESTED IN SOLAR POWER? Solarize Southwest has a workshop in West Seattle at 6:30 tonight, Dakota Place Park. (California/Dakota)

LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST: 7 pm, Greenstage presents Shakespeare’s comedy at Lincoln Park – details in our calendar listing. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)

EVEN MORE … for today/tonight, if you check our calendar!

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West Seattle Wednesday: Entrepreneurs’ meetup; High Point farm stand; Fauntleroy Schoolhouse community investment; more… http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-wednesday-entrepreneurs-meetup-high-point-farm-stand-fauntleroy-schoolhouse-community-investment-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-wednesday-entrepreneurs-meetup-high-point-farm-stand-fauntleroy-schoolhouse-community-investment-more/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:42:01 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280307

(Busy marine traffic off Alki Point; photo by Danny McMillin, shared via WSB Flickr group pool)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar for today/tonight:

FREE ENTERPRENEURS’ MEETUP: Noon-1 pm today at West Seattle Office Junction (WSB sponsor) in Morgan Junction – drop by with your lunch plus “new ideas, old ideas, and business cards” and meet other entrepreneurs. (6040 California SW)

HIGH POINT MARKET GARDEN: Third of 12 Wednesdays this summer/fall when you can visit the High Point Market Garden Farm Stand 4-7 pm and buy organic produce that was grown just steps away. (32nd/Juneau)

GROUP RUN & BROOKS HAPPY ISLAND: 4 pm, “Brooks Run Happy Island” is at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), and there’s a group run planned at 6 pm – details here. (California/Charlestown)

FAUNTLEROY SCHOOLHOUSE (HEARTS) COMMUNITY INVESTORS: 7 pm tonight, come to the historic Fauntleroy Schoolhouse to find out more about a new community-investment plan to help with the next round of upgrades and repairs as the schoolhouse moves toward its future as a fully functional community facility – here’s our preview. (9131 California SW)

MUSIC BINGO AT THE CASK: 7 pm at The Cask (WSB sponsor), guess the songs, play the game! Details here. (2350 California SW)

MORE NIGHTLIFE … live music, trivia, karaoke, more, all in separate listings on our calendar.

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West Seattle Tuesday: Four calendar highlights for tonight http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-tuesday-four-calendar-highlights-for-tonight/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-tuesday-four-calendar-highlights-for-tonight/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:49:33 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280207

Thanks to Mark Wangerin for sharing that photo of a brightly colored bird on this gray (so far) day – he explains, “House Finches are common yard birds in WS, often seen at seed feeders.” Today’s calendar highlights include four options for tonight:

KURT LINDSAY, LIVE: 5:30 pm, Kurt Lindsay is tonight’s featured musician at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor) – no cover, no minimum, yes view. (1936 Harbor Ave. SW)

FAMILY STORYTIME: Delridge Branch Library has a tale to tell you at 7 tonight; details in our calendar listing. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

BLUES TO DO, LIVE: Tuesday = Blues-day at the Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), as Blues To Do continues, tonight featuring Jr. Cadillac Mini, 8 pm. (6451 California SW)

STARLIGHT SONGWRITER SHOWCASE: 9-11 pm at Shadowland in The Junction; details in our calendar listing.

MORE … on our calendar!

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West Seattle Sunday: Stuff the Bus, WS Garden Tour, Alki Art Fair, MedFest, Shakespeare in a park, music, more http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-sunday-stuff-the-bus-ws-garden-tour-alki-art-fair-medfest-shakespeare-in-a-park-music-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-sunday-stuff-the-bus-ws-garden-tour-alki-art-fair-medfest-shakespeare-in-a-park-music-more/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:38:03 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279942

West Seattle photographer/pilot Long B. Nguyen flew over the Alki Art Fair on Saturday. The fair’s second day is one of today’s highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar. But first:

WEST SEATTLE GARDEN TOUR: Buy a ticket book and you can tour nine fab local residential gardens 9 am-5 pm today, including – as noted here Saturday – that of world-famous photographer Art Wolfe, who will be there to meet visitors and sign books. Noon lecture with Susie Egan at The Kenney (WSB sponsor). Ticket-book locations on the right side of the WSGT home page – the tour sites are listed and mapped in the ticket book. Proceeds benefit local nonprofits (including the raffle held during the tour!).

Speaking of local nonprofits – today is a HUGE donation drive for one:

WESTSIDE BABY ‘STUFF THE BUS’ DAY: Every year, the day after WestSide Baby‘s bus rolls down the West Seattle Grand Parade route, the family-assisting agency collects tens of thousands of diapers for babies/toddlers in need. The main dropoff spot is HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor) at 41st/Alaska, but there are lots of other spots you can drop off diapers too – see them here. Safeway stores also are offering deals on diapers, with on-site dropoffs. The HomeStreet site is open 10-2 – bring the kids and they can honk the bus horn.

ALKI ART FAIR, DAY 2: Second day for local artists to set up along the boardwalk at the west end of Alki Beach Park and show/sell their wares. Music and food, too. Today’s hours 10 am-6 pm, with music and food running later (check the schedule on site); free shuttle from West Seattle High School. And look for Seal Sitters at the art fair – read about their activities here, including a chance to raise money for them by dining nearby while you’re on Alki.

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm as always, in The Junction, with summer produce reaching its peak. (44th/Alaska)

MEDITERRANEAN FANTASY FESTIVAL, DAY 2: 11 am-5 pm, “MedFest” features belly dancers on two stages (no admission charge) at Hiawatha Community Center. Performance schedule here; vendor map/list here. (2700 California SW)

AUTHOR SIGNING: 1-3 pm at Barnes & Noble Westwood Village, Barbara Jean Hicks, author of “Frozen: A Sister More Like Me,” will be signing. (2600 SW Barton)

WHITE CENTER JUBILEE DAYS: Live music 11 am-6 pm as part of the WCJD street fair on 17th between Roxbury and 100th – info here.

JAMTIME: Live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) 1-3 pm. (5612 California SW)

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: Greenstage‘s “Backyard Bard” version of “Comedy of Errors,” 3 pm at High Point Commons Park, free. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)

JOSH HARTY & ANDREA PETERMAN: 7:30 pm, they’re onstage at Kenyon Hall – details in our listing. (7904 25th SW)

AND THAT’S NOT ALL … see everything by going to our calendar.

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West Seattle Saturday: Float Dodger 5K, Grand Parade, Alki Art Fair, Mediterranean Fantasy Festival, WS Outdoor Movies, more… http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-saturday-float-dodger-5k-grand-parade-alki-art-fair-mediterranean-fantasy-festival-ws-outdoor-movies-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-saturday-float-dodger-5k-grand-parade-alki-art-fair-mediterranean-fantasy-festival-ws-outdoor-movies-more/#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 15:10:34 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279819

(Added 9:31 am – Holy Rosary parade entry waiting at the start of the route)
A cloudy start to the day, and a bit of drizzle as of just before 8, but don’t let that keep you home – the overall rain chance is low, and the big events today/tonight are rain or shine! First, remember that California will be closed by 9 am from Admiral Way south to SW Edmunds for the first two big events (earlier on the north side of the route – and before catching a bus, check the reroutes here), continuing until 1 pm or so:

FLOAT DODGER 5K: Last-minute signups start at 8, race starts just after 9:30 from just outside race-presenting West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor). Fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. (California/Charlestown; course map here)

WEST SEATTLE GRAND PARADE (AND KIDDIE PARADE): The parade begins with the motorcycle drill teams – Seattle Police and Vancouver (BC) Police – leaving California/Lander and heading south at about 10:30 am. Then at 11 am, the rest of the parade follows; also at 11 am, the Kiddie Parade leaves from California/Genesee – all welcome to participate, just start staging there around 10:30 am. End of the parade route is California/Edmunds in The Junction. Starting this year, the Rotary Club of West Seattle is presenting the parade; Grand Marshal is Medal of Honor-winning ret. Col. Bruce Crandall; Orville Rummel Community Service Trophy winner is longtime community advocate/volunteer Earl Cruzen, who will be represented by wife Adah Cruzen; West Seattle personality Marty Riemer announces the parade for the first time, from California/Alaska in The Junction. Free and fun. (Route map)


DUWAMISH HERITAGE DAY: 10 am-5 pm, events at the Duwamish Longhouse – details in our calendar listing. (4205 W. Marginal Way SW)

ALKI ART FAIR: On the promenade, both sides of the Bathhouse, art, music, and food, both days this weekend, starting today at 10 am; booths until 6, music until 9 (no schedule online as of last website check, but you should find one onsite). Shuttle from West Seattle High School parking lot. (61st/Alki)

‘COFFEE WITH A COMMISSIONER’: 10 am-11 am, meet a member of the city’s LGBT Commission at CaffĂ© Ladro in south Morgan Junction for “Coffee with a Commissioner,” to discuss issues, concerns, ideas, questions relating to city resources or policies regarding LGBTQ and ally Seattleites. (California/Myrtle)

MEDITERRANEAN FANTASY FESTIVAL: In and around Hiawatha Community Center, belly-dancing performances, vendors, food, both days this weekend, starting today at 11 am – today’s dance performances (until 7 pm) listed here; vendors listed/mapped here. (2700 California SW)

WHITE CENTER JUBILEE DAYS: While West Seattle is celebrating a big day, so is our southern neighbor, including a street fair on 17th (closed between 100th and Roxbury) and a 2:30 pm parade (16th SW from 112th north to 100th). Details at jubileedays.org.

WEST SEATTLE OUTDOOR MOVIES: First of six Saturday nights this summer with free outdoor movies in the Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) courtyard – bring your own chair/blanket, and $ for raffle prizes/concessions that raise money for nonprofits. Tonight’s movie: “Gravity.” Gates open 6:30 pm, movie at dusk (9-ish) – don’t be late, as the courtyard usually fills up. (4410 California SW)

WEST SEATTLE HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1974 REUNION: 6:30 pm. Signup deadline is past but if for some reason you missed all the announcements – here’s our calendar listing.

NIGHTLIFE … live music and more; see the listings on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar.

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From Fun Fest to Farmstand: Highlights for your West Seattle Friday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/from-fun-fest-to-farmstand-highlights-for-your-west-seattle-friday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/from-fun-fest-to-farmstand-highlights-for-your-west-seattle-friday/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:22:44 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279742 From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

HIAWATHA FUN FEST: Noon-3 pm, carnival games, bouncy toys, West Seattle Hi-Yu Junior Court royalty (added: they plan to dance between noon and 12:30 pm, and also will have tiara/sash for other kids to try on), and more at Hiawatha Community Center. (2700 California SW, but the events are usually on the east lawn, alongside Walnut)

DELRIDGE GROCERY’S FIRST FRIDAY FARMSTAND: The group working toward a co-op grocery store in North Delridge debuts its weekly farmstand today. From an e-mail preview, here’s some of what they expect to offer:

From Okanogan Producers Marketing Association – awesome organic producer coop in Okanogan:
- peaches
- apricots
- cherries
- blueberries
- raspberries

From Seattle Tilth Farm Works – amazing incubator farm in Auburn:
- Romaine lettuce
- cabbage
- collard greens
- kale

From City Grown Seattle <> – hyper-local urban farm in South Park and Ballard:
- green onions
- Swiss chard

Live music, too. 4:30-7:30 pm. (5400 block of Delridge Way, south of library)

HPIC FREE MOVIE: Doors open at Highland Park Improvement Club, 6:30 pm – details in our calendar listing. (12th/Kenyon)

NIGHTLIFE! From live music at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor) starting at 5:30 pm, through comedy, music, and deejaying at other venues, see all the listings on our calendar.

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West Seattle Thursday: 2626 Alki design review; science and music at libraries; baseball; bus funding; more… http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-thursday-2626-alki-design-review-science-and-music-at-libraries-baseball-bus-funding-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-thursday-2626-alki-design-review-science-and-music-at-libraries-baseball-bus-funding-more/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:30:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279650

(Seals on driftwood off West Seattle’s shore earlier this week – photo by J&R)
Just floating along toward the weekend – and, as previewed here Wednesday, what a weekend it will be. Not to look past today/tonight, though, since you might want to know about the following:

TAXES TO AVOID METRO CUTS IN SEATTLE? Next discussion by the City Council, sitting as the Transportation Benefit District board, is 2 pm today at City Hall – agenda here. (4th/5th/James/Cherry)

FUN WITH SCIENCE! For ages 4-12, 2-3 pm at Southwest Branch Library, explained in our calendar listing. (35th/Henderson)

TAI SHAN, LIVE AT THE LIBRARY: 6 pm outdoor concert by Tai Shan at the West Seattle Branch Library – details in our calendar listing. (2306 42nd SW)

WEST SEATTLE LITTLE LEAGUE 11-12 ALL-STARS: 6 pm at Bar-S, their next must-win state-tournament game is against Pacific. (64th/Admiral)

DESIGN REVIEW FOR 2626 ALKI SW: As first announced a month ago, tonight is the second “early design guidance” meeting for a three-story commercial/residential project (two retail/restaurant spaces, 13 apartments, 23 off-street parking spots) proposed at 2626 Alki Ave. SW. Preview the design packet here. Meeting’s at 6:30 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle. (Oregon/California)

CLASSICAL-GUITAR OPEN MIKE: 7 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) – details in our calendar listing. (5612 California SW)

FLAMENCO! Flamenco music and dancing and an authentic Spanish buffet, tonight at Luso Food and Wine in downtown White Center, 7 pm – details in our calendar listing. (9614 16th SW)

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West Seattle Wednesday: Calendar highlights for today/tonight http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-wednesday-calendar-highlights-for-todaytonight-2/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-wednesday-calendar-highlights-for-todaytonight-2/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:03:24 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279554

(Wednesday morning fog, looking toward Harbor Island; photo by Eileen McHugh)
Busy calendar for today/tonight – just some of the highlights:

FIREFIGHTER STORY TIME: Bring the kids to the West Seattle (Admiral) Branch of the Seattle Public Library and firefighters will read to them this morning! 10:30 am. (2306 42nd SW)

CHEER THE 11-12 WSLL ALL-STARS: The West Seattle Little League 11-12 All-Stars continue on in the state tournament they’re hosting at Bar-S, after a dramatic win last night. They’re playing again today at 3 pm. (64th/Admiral)

HIGH POINT MARKET GARDEN: Second of 12 Wednesdays this summer/fall when you can visit the High Point Market Garden Farm Stand 4-7 pm and buy organic produce grown next to it. (32nd/Juneau)

FUNDRAISER FOR MT. RAINIER SEARCH AND RESCUE: Mountain-climbing legend Jim Whittaker is now part of this event at West 5 – details here – with raffle items including this bike:

Stop by 6-9 pm, have a beer, help the climbing rangers’ program. (4539 California SW)

CAREER IN REAL ESTATE? Find out if it’s for you by visiting the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate (WSB sponsor) event at 6 pm – details here. (4700 42nd SW)

(Tuesday morning fog; photo by Laura Goodrich)
MORGAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION’S QUARTERLY MEETING: 7 pm at The Kenney (WSB sponsor). Agenda includes a recap of the Morgan Junction Community Festival, updates on nearby development projects, the California/Fauntleroy intersection, Metro Route 128, Coalition for an Affordable Livable Seattle, Morgan Junction Business District, and more. (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW)

MUSIC BINGO AT THE CASK: 7 pm at The Cask (WSB sponsor), guess the songs, play the game! Details here. (2350 California SW)

COMEDY AT THE FEEDBACK: West Seattle’s Mona Concepcion hosts tonight’s bill at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), 8 pm – featured comics listed here.

MORE NIGHTLIFE! (etc.) … on our calendar.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday watch/updates http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/traffictransit-today-wednesday-watchupdates/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/traffictransit-today-wednesday-watchupdates/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:49:58 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279534

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Good morning! Another warm day ahead. No traffic trouble in the area so far. Two weekend reminders to repeat again today and each day until the weekend:

WEST SEATTLE GRAND PARADE CLOSURES: Saturday morning, California will be closed south of Admiral, south to Edmunds, for the parade. Staging zones will be on side streets along both ends of the route, so watch for, and heed, no-parking signs that day. Bus reroutes, too (check your route here).

ONE WEEK OF I-90 LANE CLOSURES … westbound 90, starting this Friday – details here.

DOWNTOWN BUS REROUTES THIS WEEKEND … because of road work; check your route here.

ADDED 9 AM: Checked on The Junction and California midblock between Alaska and Edmunds is down to one lane each way again because of construction work, with no parking on the west side of the street (which does have a “free parking” lot behind it).

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West Seattle Tuesday: Concert in the Park with WS Big Band; Little League tournament; more… http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-tuesday-concert-in-the-park-with-ws-big-band-little-league-tournament-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-tuesday-concert-in-the-park-with-ws-big-band-little-league-tournament-more/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:31:15 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279447

(Photo by Don Brubeck, Seacrest Pier as seen from Alki Trail)
It might be a sweater morning, but the forecast promises a sunny afternoon. Three highlights for today/tonight, mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

POLLINATOR WORKSHOP: Learn about bees – and more – today:

The Urban Pollination Project (UPP) will be offering free pollinator identification workshop for kids or adults, at Delridge P-Patch garden, 3-4 pm. UPP is a non-profit citizen science initiative from the University of Washington, and their goal is to help get people excited about pollination, bees, and how local food depends on this amazing process. UPP will do a free 60-minute workshop. They will bring photos and specimens to help us learn to recognize our local pollinator biodiversity, talk about some of the fascinating life histories and adaptations of our local pollinators, and walk through the garden to identify them at work on our plants!

(24th SW/Puget)

LITTLE LEAGUE TOURNAMENT: The West Seattle Little League 11-12 All-Stars won yesterday at the state tournament WSLL is hosting at Bar-S, so they’re playing again tonight, 6 pm. (64th/Admiral)

CONCERT IN THE PARK – WEST SEATTLE BIG BAND, FREE! Bring friends, family, picnic dinner, etc. to the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center at 7 pm for the FREE annual Hi-Yu Concert in the Park with the West Seattle Big Band. Always an awesome night of music. BYO chair/blanket. (2700 California SW is Hiawatha’s official address, but the concert zone fronts Walnut)

BELLY DANCING: Get in gear for this weekend’s Mediterranean Fantasy Festival at Hiawatha by checking out bellydancing in West Seattle tonight. It’s the monthly Alauda showcase at Skylark tonight, 7:30 pm, free. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

LOTS MORE for today/tonight on the calendar – see it all here!

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Four highlights for your West Seattle Monday afternoon/evening http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/four-highlights-for-your-west-seattle-monday-afternoonevening/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/four-highlights-for-your-west-seattle-monday-afternoonevening/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:56:25 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279363

(Anchor/Luna Park photo by Daniel Casey)
Busy Monday … on the way to another summer-event-filled weekend … but there are a few calendar highlights we wanted to mention before we get too much further into this day:

LOW-LOW TIDE: Until 2:30 pm, volunteer beach naturalists are out again at Constellation and Lincoln Parks, with the tide out to -2.6 at 12:54 pm.

TEEN RUNNING GROUP: High-school or college-age runner? 5 pm Mondays at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), meet up with others and get going! Free. Details here; there’s a Facebook group too. (California/Charlestown)

WEST SEATTLE BRIDGE’S 30TH ANNIVERSARY: On this date in 1984, the high-level bridge was dedicated. At 6:30 tonight, an all-star panel will share memories and thoughts in a special (free!) event in the courtyard of Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) – details on the Southwest Seattle Historical Society website; panelists include former mayor Charles Royer, former port commissioner Jack Block, city councilmember Tom Rasmussen (who worked as an assistant to the bridge’s honorary namesake Councilmember Jeanette Williams), engineers who worked on the bridge project, and more. Here’s the program, topic-wise, per SWSHS’s Clay Eals, who will emcee/moderate:











(4410 California SW)

NORTH DELRIDGE NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL – IN THE PARK: Summertime and the NDNC takes its meetings on the road. Tonight – find them at Dragonfly Pavilion, 6:30 pm. (26th/Dakota)

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West Seattle Sunday: Summer Fest, ‘STP’ ride, Little League, low-low tide, World Cup, car wash, more http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-sunday-summer-fest-stp-ride-little-league-low-low-tide-world-cup-car-wash-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-sunday-summer-fest-stp-ride-little-league-low-low-tide-world-cup-car-wash-more/#comments Sun, 13 Jul 2014 15:48:28 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279204

(Another aerial view of the festival zone – see one here – by Long B. Nguyen)
The third and final day of West Seattle Summer Fest starts our Sunday highlights:

FESTIVAL OPENS: 11 am today (that’s when our live coverage starts)
SUMMER FEST MUSIC:here (starts at 2 pm with Carrie Akre, ends with last band Billy Dwayne & The Creepers at 6 pm)
SUMMER FEST VENDOR MAPhere (by number, per the list)
SUMMER FEST GREENLIFE SCHEDULEhere (first presentation, at 11 am, is about home preservation/canning)
SUMMER FEST BUS REROUTEShere (same as Saturday)
SUMMER FEST COVERAGE: Our four “as it happened” reports from Friday/Saturday are linked in the right sidebar

Also today:

MINI-’STP’ RIDE: Again this year, West Seattle Bike Connections is leading a ride from Seattle (Street) to Portland (Street) and on to Summer Fest. Meet at 9:45 am. Details in our calendar listing.

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Yes, it’s on, along with Summer Fest, as usual! 10 am-2 pm. (44th/Alaska)

BENEFIT CAR WASH: 10 am-2 pm, the West Seattle High School softball team is washing cars at West Seattle Autoworks (WSB sponsor) 10 am-3 pm, by donation, to raise money for travel. (35th/Webster)

LOW-LOW TIDE WITH BEACH NATURALISTS: 10 am-2 pm, you’ll again find Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists back on Constellation Park and Lincoln Park (near Colman Pool) beaches, for another low-low tide – 12:07 pm, -3.1.

LITTLE LEAGUE TOURNAMENT: Second day of the West Seattle Little League-hosted state tournament for 11-12 teams, at Bar-S Playfields on Alki Point. The WSLL team won on Saturday and plays Federal Way at noon today. General tournament info is in this WSB story from earlier this week. (6425 SW Admiral Way)

WATCH THE WORLD CUP, WITH AIR CONDITIONING: That’s the invitation from the High Point Branch Library. Doors open at 11:30, game starts noon. (35th/Raymond)

GREYHOUND MEET-AND-GREET: Share your life with a greyhound? You’re invited to a meet-and-greet 2-4 pm today at West Seattle Petco. (41st/Alaska)

AUTHOR READING: Not in West Seattle, but WS author Arleen Williams invites friends, fans, all readers to her 3 pm event at Elliott Bay Books on Capitol Hill, reading from “Running Uphill,” second book in her Alki trilogy. Details here. (1521 10th Ave.)

EXTENDED WATER TAXI SERVICE TONIGHT: Sounders play tonight and the West Seattle Water Taxi is on an extended schedule. See the schedule here.

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West Seattle Saturday: Summer Fest, work parties, low tide, baseball, football, remodeling workshop, wading pools, more… http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-saturday-summer-fest-work-parties-low-tide-baseball-football-remodeling-workshop-wading-pools-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-saturday-summer-fest-work-parties-low-tide-baseball-football-remodeling-workshop-wading-pools-more/#comments Sat, 12 Jul 2014 15:45:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279067

(Summer Fest Day 1 photo by WSB’s Katie Meyer)
Our live coverage gets going again at 10 am, the start of West Seattle Summer Fest in The Junction! We’re reporting live again this year from the midst of it all – the information booth at California/Alaska. Today’s full list of West Seattle events – the festival AND other highlights – is ahead, but first, the Summer Fest quick links:

SUMMER FEST MUSIC SCHEDULEhere (first band, Two-Story Zori at noon)
SUMMER FEST VENDOR MAPhere (by number, per the list)
SUMMER FEST GREENLIFE SCHEDULEhere (first presentation, “Smart Home Maintenance” at 11 am

POOL/WADING POOL/SPRAYPARK NOTES FOR TODAY: Colman Pool is closed to the public again today because of a swim meet (back open tomorrow). Southwest Pool (indoors) is open. On the wading-pool schedule, Delridge and Hiawatha are both open noon-6:45 pm; Lincoln Park is open 11 am-8 pm; and Highland Park Spraypark is open 11 am-8 pm. Addresses are on the citywide wading pool/spraypark schedule.

WORK PARTIES: Want to get out, roll up your sleeves, and help with restoration of West Seattle’s beautiful natural areas … BEFORE the heat of the afternoon? Our calendar has several options today – click any one for details: Terminal 105 (starts 9 am), Delridge Natural Area (starts 10 am), West Duwamish Greenbelt (starts 10 am), Westcrest Park (starts 10 am).

RIP-IT TOURNAMENT: As previewed here last night, Chief Sealth International High School Football is hosting the RIP-IT passing tournament, and you’re invited to watch – play continues until 4 pm at Southwest Athletic Complex. (2801 SW Thistle)

BENEFIT CAR WASH: West Seattle High School‘s 2014-2015 Cheer Squad is washing cars at West Seattle Autoworks (WSB sponsor) 10 am-3 pm to help pay for uniforms and camp – funding for which is not provided through the school. (35th/Webster)

LOW-LOW TIDE AND BEACH NATURALISTS: 10 am-2 pm, Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists are out on Constellation Park and Lincoln Park (near Colman Pool) beaches, since the full moon is bringing a low-low tide – 11:21 am, -3.1.

CHICKEN COOP AND URBAN FARM TOUR: West Seattle locations are part of the Seattle Tilth Chicken Coop and Urban Farm Tour today, 10 am-4 pm, self-guided tour – ticket info is on the official website.

FIRE STATION 36 OPEN HOUSE: 11 am-1 pm, go see the renovated/upgraded Station 36 by the bridge! Here’s our preview. (3600 23rd SW)

SSC GARDEN CENTER OPEN: 11 am-3 pm, with discount pricing on plants; sales benefit the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) horticulture/gardening programs – details in our calendar listing. North end of campus. (6000 16th SW)

LITTLE LEAGUE TOURNAMENT: Starting today, West Seattle Little League hosts the state Majors’ tournament at Bar-S Playfields on Alki Point. Info – including handy tips if you’re going – is in this WSB story from earlier this week. (6425 SW Admiral Way)

REMODELING/CUSTOM HOMEBUILDING WORKSHOP: Thinking about either (or both! of those? Today at 2 pm, free workshop at Ventana Construction (WSB sponsor) – where you’ll find air conditioning!!! – and there’s space left. Just show up. (California/Findlay)

SALSA ON ALKI! 5:30-10 pm by the Statue of Liberty on Alki Beach – details in our calendar listing. (61st/Alki)

STRAIGHT BLAST BENEFIT: At C & P Coffee Company, there’s a beer/wine benefit tonight, 6:30-9:30 pm, for the Booster Club – youth programs and more – of North Delridge’s Straight Blast Gym of Seattle (like C & P, a WSB sponsor). More info in the calendar listing. (5612 California SW)

NIGHTLIFE! In addition to live music at Summer Fest, several local venues have bands tonight too – see the individual listings on the calendar.

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West Seattle Art Walk, Summer Fest Eve, Luna Park Block Party, Design Review x 2, and more for your Thursday… http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-art-walk-summer-fest-eve-luna-park-block-party-design-review-x-2-and-more-for-your-thursday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-art-walk-summer-fest-eve-luna-park-block-party-design-review-x-2-and-more-for-your-thursday/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:34:44 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=278870 Today’s calendar-highlights look into the (immediate) future starts with a look at the past:

Courtesy of the Seattle Municipal Archives via the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, that’s video of the West Seattle Bridge from the 1970s – in honor of the ongoing celebration of the 1984-completed high-level bridge’s 30th anniversary, which continues tonight. But first, another historic clip, this time showing what maritime traffic used to have to fit through!

The bridge-history photo display at Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) is part of tonight’s West Seattle Art Walk – here’s the summer-quarter map/venue list for the WSAW:

As always, the Art Walk runs 6-9 pm. Spotlighted venues/artists are on the official WSAW website. And while the Art Walk is *not* limited to The Junction, your enjoyment there will be enhanced by the closed streets – as noted again in our daily traffic watch, California closes between Genesee and Edmunds, Alaska between 44th and 42nd, starting at 6 pm tonight for West Seattle Summer Fest prep, and those blocks stay closed to vehicle traffic until WSSF breakdown is over late Sunday night. One more Junction venue to mention:

JINI DELLACCIO’S PHOTOGRAPHY AT EASY STREET: An extra-special photography exhibition at Easy Street Records for Art Walk – the work of Jini Dellaccio, rock-portrait photographer who died just last week at the age of 97.

(The Sonics, by Jini Dellaccio, republished with permission)
As Rod from ESR points out, “Her amazing photos live on!” He shares this info from her biography:

After years of shooting fashion photography in the LA area, Jini Dellaccio brought a remarkable degree of sophistication to her portraits of blue-collar rock musicians of the early to mid-sixties. Her iconic images of seminal rock & roll bands such as the Sonics, Wailers, Daily Flash and Don & The Goodtimes, among countless others, capture both the aesthetics and attitudes of these influential groups. Many of Dellaccio’s photographs were shot among the lush landscape of her Gig Harbor property and reflect the conventions of the dominant “Northwest School” art movement of the region. Her candid concert photographs – featuring local groups as well as legendary national touring acts such as The Who, The Yardbirds and Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels – mirror the raw, energetic and often menacing music that characterized early Northwest rock & roll. Jini’s journey in becoming America’s first woman rock & roll photographer is chronicled in the recent documentary, Her Aim Is True.”

Easy Street is at California/Alaska.

Also tonight as part of Summer Fest Eve, it’s …

BUBBLEMAN OUTSIDE ELLIOTT BAY: 6 pm, it’s a pre-Summer Fest tradition, as Elliott Bay Brewery brings in Bubbleman to put on a show for kids (of all ages) out in the middle of California SW, midblock between Alaska and Edmunds.

And even more of what’s up today/tonight …

TENT SALE AT JF HENRY: Many Junction merchants still have “sidewalk sales” during Summer Fest time – that’s how the festival originated, long, long ago. And at least one is starting early – JF Henry Kitchen and Tableware, returning as a WSB sponsor for the occasion, starts its sale today. (4445 California SW)

SUPPORT THE WEST SEATTLE LITTLE LEAGUE 9-10 ALL-STARS: As mentioned here last night, they’re raising money for their travel to the state tournament in Richland; you can buy raffle tickets 4-6 pm today at Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor) and Admiral Safeway.

LUNA PARK BLOCK PARTY: 6-9 pm outside Ola Salon in the Luna Park business district, you’ll find vendors, food, music, and fun – here’s our calendar listing. (2942 SW Avalon)

DESIGN REVIEW X 2: Two projects go before the Southwest Design Review Board tonight in its first meeting in more than two months – the eye clinic proposed at 7520 35th SW is up at 6:30 pm for its first Early Design Guidance meeting, while the townhome/live-work proposal for the former Charlestown CafĂ© site at 3824 California SW is up for its third EDG meeting at 8 pm. Both reviews are upstairs at the Senior Center of West Seattle; the design packets for both are linked in this WSB preview. (Oregon/California)

EVEN MORE … on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar.

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West Seattle Wednesday: Give blood; buy produce; enjoy music; meet candidates; more… http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-wednesday-give-blood-buy-produce-enjoy-music-meet-candidates-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-wednesday-give-blood-buy-produce-enjoy-music-meet-candidates-more/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:22:43 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=278724

Thanks to Mark Wangerin for today’s featured photo, a rhinoceros auklet photographed off Duwamish Head. Mark explains:

This bird shows the breeding plumage well. The Auklets are Puffin relatives and feed by diving for fish and “fly” underwater. They are fairly difficult to photograph in that they prefer deeper water and tend not to get too close to shore. They do come close occasionally and can be seen from our shoreline. When approached by boat they escape by diving under the water. Photography is quite difficult from a moving boat on choppy seas.

Back on land, today’s highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

BLOOD DRIVE: Summer is a challenging time for keeping supplies up at Puget Sound Blood Center – so if you can give, please do, at today’s Our Lady of Guadalupe blood drive, 1-7 pm (closed 3-3:45 pm) – details in our calendar listing. (35th/Myrtle)

HIGH POINT MARKET GARDEN: Today’s the first of 12 Wednesdays this summer/fall when you can visit the High Point Market Garden Farm Stand 4-7 pm and buy organic produce that was grown just steps away. Here’s our preview from earlier this week. (32nd/Juneau)

CANCELLIERI AT SALTY’S: Live acoustic folk on what promises to be another beautiful evening on the water, starting at 5:30 pm at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor), no cover, no minimum. (1936 Harbor SW)

CANDIDATE RECEPTION: As previewed here Tuesday, you can meet and talk one-on-one with more than 20 candidates/elected officials from around the area at tonight’s reception at The Sanctuary at Admiral, co-sponsored by the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Seattle Business Association. (California/Lander)

TALK WITH COUNCILMEMBER RASMUSSEN: West Seattle-residing City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen‘s next “Little City Hall” conversation opportunity is tonight at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center at 6 pm. Question? Comment? Idea? Drop by. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

34TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS: Rasmussen is one of two City Councilmembers on the agenda tonight for our area’s largest political group. As previewed here last night, Councilmember Nick Licata is scheduled to speak about the alternative tax proposal he and Councilmember Kshama Sawant have proposed to raise money to avoid Metro Transit cuts in Seattle city limits; the 34th DDs will be considering endorsing it. Rasmussen is scheduled to speak about the August 5th ballot measure to create a permanent Park District for extra Seattle Parks money (he spoke about it at last night’s Admiral Neighborhood Association meeting, and we’ll have that story here later today). See the rest of the agenda here. (9131 California SW)

MUSIC BINGO AT THE CASK: Described as “a cross between bingo, trivia, and karaoke” at The Cask (WSB sponsor) – starts at 7 pm. (2350 California SW)

AND MORE NIGHTLIFE … on our calendar!

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