West Seattle Blog... » WS miscellaneous http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sat, 01 Nov 2014 07:59:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle Thursday: Halloween eve; Whale Trail orca talk; more http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-thursday-halloween-eve-whale-trail-orca-talk-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-thursday-halloween-eve-whale-trail-orca-talk-more/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:55:20 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290395

(Tail-slapping orca photographed by Gary Jones off Alki Point on October 17th)

It’s Halloween Eve! Our highlight list begins with two events from our West Seattle Halloween Guide:

TODDLER PUMPKINPALOOZA: 10 am-noon at High Point Community Center: “Toddler dress up station, bubble station, face-painting booth, carnival games and so much more will be waiting for you and your toddler at our annual fall event.” $5 ticket. (6920 34th SW)

HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION: 5:30-7:30 pm at Delridge Community Center. Free! (4501 Delridge Way SW)

KARAOKE & COSTUME CONTEST: Starting at 9 pm at Yen Wor Village in The Admiral District, it’s a Halloween party with a costume contest, karaoke, and a midnight $2 buffet. (2300 California SW)

From our regular West Seattle Event Calendar:

KALEIDOSCOPE PLAY ‘N’ LEARN: 11 am-12:30 pm, parents/caregivers are invited to bring kids 2-5 to Delridge Branch Library for a fun session promoting early learning. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

PROTECTION ZONES FOR ORCAS? 7 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), The Whale Trail begins its new series of Orca Talks by examining the idea of even more protection for the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales – details in our calendar listing, including a ticket link – $5 suggested donation adults/kids free. (5612 California SW)

‘DOGFIGHT,’ WEEK 2: 7:30 pm at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor), it’s curtain time for the next performance of the musical “Dogfight,” described as “the romantic and heartbreaking story of three young Marines in 1963″ as they prepare to deploy to Vietnam. Directed by AW’s new artistic director Mathew Wright. (4711 California SW)

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West Seattle Tuesday: School-shopping at WS Education Fair; 2nd meeting for 35th SW; Westwood-Highland Park future… http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-tuesday-school-shopping-at-ws-education-fair-2nd-meeting-for-35th-sw-westwood-highland-park-future/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-tuesday-school-shopping-at-ws-education-fair-2nd-meeting-for-35th-sw-westwood-highland-park-future/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:53:43 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290157

(Alki’s Lady Liberty, by Loren Beringer via Flickr, in honor of today’s 128th “birthday” of the original statue)
Four major highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, including our spotlight event:

WEST SEATTLE EDUCATION FAIR: Reviewing your school options for next year? 10+ local schools covering preK through 8th grade will have reps in one place tonight for the second annual WS Education Fair.

We’re sponsoring it; Seattle Lutheran High School is hosting it. 6:30-8 pm, SLHS Gym. (4100 SW Genesee)

Also on the highlight list for today/tonight:

35TH SW MEETING, EARLY EDITION: 3:30-5 pm, second kickoff meeting (mostly the same as the first, per SDOT) for the 35th SW Safety Project. Here’s our coverage of last Wednesday’s evening meeting. Upstairs at Southwest Branch Library. (35th/Henderson)

FESTIVAL OF THE LAST-MINUTE PUMPKIN CARVING: 5-8 pm, need some jack-o-lantern assistance? Come to Equilibrium Fitness (WSB sponsor) for the “Festival of the Last-Minute Pumpkin Carving” – explained here! (3270 California SW)

BLOCK WATCH CAPTAINS’ NETWORK: 6:30 pm at Southwest Precinct, featuring a demonstration of the new engravers the precinct has obtained to help you mark your valuables in case of theft. (Webster/Delridge)

WESTWOOD-HIGHLAND PARK NEIGHBORHOOD PLANNING: 7 pm at Big Al’s in White Center, as previewed here last night – all welcome to help start the conversation on potentially updating the 1999 plan, which is linked in the aforementioned preview. (9832 14th SW)

NIGHTLIFE … includes the blues, bingo, trivia, karaoke, singer/songwriter performances; see the venues and times by going directly to our calendar!

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What’s happening for the rest of your West Seattle Monday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/whats-happening-for-the-rest-of-your-west-seattle-monday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/whats-happening-for-the-rest-of-your-west-seattle-monday/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 20:08:51 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290085

(Photo by Lise Thivierge, from Seacrest)
Before we get too much further into Monday, three highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar (and two great photos from this morning’s sunrise):

FISHING IN CUBA: 6 pm at Emerald Water Anglers in The Junction, free talk about fishing in, and traveling to, Cuba, presented by Cuban Fishing Centers. (42nd/Oregon)

TEAM IN TRAINING INFO NIGHT: 6:30 pm, find out about joining the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society‘s Team in Training for upcoming fundraising runs in the region. West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) is hosting the info night, with refreshments and in-store discounts. (California/Charlestown)

DISCUSSING THE DEATH PENALTY: 6:30 pm, Our Lady of Guadalupe, you’re invited to a community discussion – details in our calendar listing. (34th/Myrtle)

(Photo by Colby, from Whale Tail Park)
MORE … for tonight, on the calendar! And our West Seattle Halloween Guide still has lots of listings for the nights ahead.

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West Seattle post-windstorm Sunday: Junction Harvest Festival, Thriller-thon, salmon drumming, lots more… http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-post-windstorm-sunday-junction-harvest-festival-thriller-thon-salmon-drumming-lots-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-post-windstorm-sunday-junction-harvest-festival-thriller-thon-salmon-drumming-lots-more/#comments Sun, 26 Oct 2014 15:28:08 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289955 (LOOKING FOR POWER OUTAGE/STORM CLEANUP UPDATES? HERE’S OUR COVERAGE)

As the live camera above looking north on California from Alaska shows, setup is under way for the third annual West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival (co-sponsored by WSB) – which tops our list of what’s up today (besides post-windstorm cleanup/power restoration, which we’re covering separately):

WEST SEATTLE JUNCTION HARVEST FESTIVAL: 10 am-2 pm in the heart of The Junction, where California is closed between Oregon and Edmunds, and Alaska is closed between 44st and 42nd. Here are the basics:

*10 am-2 pm, free “harvest activities” at booths throughout the festival zone – details in last night’s preview
*10 am-2 pm, Farmers’ Market out in the middle of California SW
*11 am-1 pm, chili competition, 9 flights for $10 to benefit the West Seattle Food Bank (by KeyBank)
*11:30 am, costume parade led by WSHS Marching Band, starting from Junction Plaza Park (42nd/Alaska)
*noon-2 pm, trick-or-treating at Junction businesses (no earlybirds!)

Our booth is on the east side of California/Alaska – “Diver Laura” is scheduled to join us with iPhone microscope plankton-viewing, and for the grownups, we’re giving away the only tchotchkes we’ve ever offered (last seen at the WS Car Show two years ago), ice scrapers, while they last. See you there!

Also from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and Halloween Guide today:

POP-UP PUMPKIN PATCH: 10 am-1 pm, Delridge Grocery‘s Pop-up Pumpkin Patch! Buy your “edible and decorative Halloween pumpkins from your friendly neighborhood co-op. Free coffee, cider, and treats will be offered. They’ll also take payments for member-owner shares at the event.” Same site as DG’s summer farmstand, south of the library. (5435 Delridge Way SW)

GEAR SWAP, DAY 2: 11 am-3 pm, it’s the second day of the annual Mountain to Sound Outfitters-presented gear swap at VFW Hall across the street. Details in our calendar listing. (3601 SW Alaska)

THRILLER-THON: 1-3 pm, Thriller-thon at West Seattle Christian Church Activity Center, benefiting Transitional Resources! (4400 42nd SW)

NERF WARS: 2-4 pm, special event for kids at Straight Blast Gym of Seattle (WSB sponsor) – details in our calendar listing, including how to sign up; check ASAP to see if there’s still room! (5050 Delridge Way SW)

NEW SOUNDS NORTHWEST: Concert at First Lutheran Church of West Seattle, 3 pm – details in our calendar listing. (4105 California SW)

ANIMAL REIKI DEMONSTRATION: 3 pm at Mud Bay in The Admiral District – details in our calendar listing. (2611 California SW)

‘DOGFIGHT’: 3 pm at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor), it’s your next chance to see the musical “Dogfight,” described as “the romantic and heartbreaking story of three young Marines in 1963″ before their deployment to Vietnam. Directed by AW’s new artistic director Mathew Wright. Tickets available online. (4711 California SW)

DRUMMING TO CALL THE SALMON HOME: The first coho are already arriving in Fauntleroy Creek, as shown here Saturday. At 5 pm tonight – provided it’s not raining – join the annual gathering at the overlook to encourage them to keep coming home. Details in our calendar listing. (Fauntleroy/Director, up the embankment across from the ferry dock)

EVEN MORE … on our calendar!

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West Seattle Saturday: See what’s up today and tonight http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-saturday-see-whats-up-today-and-tonight/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-saturday-see-whats-up-today-and-tonight/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:14:35 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289807

(Osprey, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and Halloween Guide:

WEST SEATTLE MONSTER DASH: 9 am in south Lincoln Park, near the zipline, it’s the annual 5K – costumes encouraged (but not mandatory) – benefiting Co-Op Preschools. Followed by the Little Monster dashes at 10 am, preceded by last-minute signups ($40) at 8:30 am, full race-day schedule here. (Fauntleroy/Cloverdale)

DECORATE A PUMPKIN: Kids’ pumpkin-decorating at PCC Natural Markets-West Seattle (WSB sponsor), 9-noon. “Come decorate your very own pumpkin to take home. PCC will supply free pumpkins and decorating supplies. There also will be healthy snacks to stir those scary, creative juices. Free for kids 12 and younger.” (California/Stevens)

BEAUTIFY NORTH DELRIDGE: 10 am-noon, just two hours of your time can make a major difference. Join North Delridge Neighborhood Council‘s beautification chair Lisa Taylor Whitley and neighborhood volunteers, starting at Delridge Community Center and fanning out to pick up trash and clear storm drains along Delridge Way SW. Bags/pickers provided! (4501 Delridge Way SW)

GEAR SWAP: 10 am-6 pm, it’s the annual Mountain to Sound Outfitters-presented gear swap at VFW Hall across the street. Details in our calendar listing. (3601 SW Alaska)

THRIFTWAY HALLOWEEN PARTY: Annual kids’ Halloween party at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor), 11 am-1 pm. (Fauntleroy/Morgan/California)

DUWAMISH LONGHOUSE HALLOWEEN PARTY: 1-3 pm, with games, prizes, refreshments. Details in our calendar listing. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

HIGH-SCHOOL FOOTBALL: 1 pm, Chief Sealth International High School plays Cleveland HS at Memorial Stadium downtown.

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS @ THE LIBRARY: Dia de los Muertos event for ages 5-up at Southwest Branch Library, 2-3:30 pm. Details here. (35th/Henderson)

ORGAN BENEFIT: 3 pm at Admiral Church, an all-star musical lineup to help raise money to renovate the church’s 52-year-old pipe organ – read about it here. (California/Hill)

HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL: 4-8 pm, Halloween Carnival at Our Lady of Guadalupe School. Details on the school website. (34th/Myrtle)

OKTOBERFEST: The West Seattle Lions Club‘s Oktoberfest celebration starts at 5:30 pm, Senior Center of West Seattle – details in our calendar listing. (Oregon/California)

‘DOGFIGHT’: 7:30 pm at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor), it’s your next chance to see the musical “Dogfight,” described as “the romantic and heartbreaking story of three young marines in 1963 on the eve of the deployment to the small but growing conflict in Vietnam.” Directed by AW’s new artistic director Mathew Wright. (4711 California SW)

LOTS OF NIGHTLIFE: Live music and more – see the venues/listings on the calendar.

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West Seattle Friday: Halloweekend #1; Ye Olde Curiosity Shop @ Log House Museum; Fall Falcon Fest; Highland Park square dance… http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-friday-halloweekend-1-ye-olde-curiosity-shop-log-house-museum-fall-falcon-fest-highland-park-square-dance/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-friday-halloweekend-1-ye-olde-curiosity-shop-log-house-museum-fall-falcon-fest-highland-park-square-dance/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:39:04 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289741

(Thanks to Bradi for the photo of Johnnie the cat admiring Thursday’s rainbow!)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar – first event, actually, was just announced last night and never even made it into the calendar:

YE OLDE CURIOSITY SHOP AT LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: With part of the downtown waterfront closed for seawall work, one of its iconic businesses, Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, is getting a special spotlight at the Log House Museum. That starts with an opening reception this afternoon, 2 pm, featuring members of its founding family – full details on the LHM website. (61st/Stevens)

Next, this is definitely Halloweekend #1; though October 31st is a week away, the biggest fun starts this afternoon/evening, and it’s in our West Seattle Halloween Guide, including:

RAINBOW BINGO: 6 pm, doors open for Halloween Rainbow Bingo at the Senior Center of West Seattle. Fun, food, cash prizes! Wear your costume! Must be 18 or older. Featuring Sylvia O’Stayformore and guest bingo callers. Follow the link to check ASAP if reservations are still available. (California/Oregon)

ALKI HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL: Carnival at Alki Community Center, 6:30-8:30 pm. $.25 per game or $7 per unlimited bracelet. (5817 SW Stevens)

HIAWATHA HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL: Carnival at Hiawatha Community Center, 6-8 pm. 25 cents a ticket. (2700 California SW)

SOUTHWEST POOL SPOOKY SWIM: Free Halloween Family Swim at Southwest Pool, 7-8 pm. “Bring your little ghosts and goblins to the pool and take a dip with the pumpkins! Join in with a penny dive, bobbing for apples and other activities. Anyone under 18 yrs old must be accompanied in the water by an adult or guardian.” (2801 SW Thistle)

‘GHOST GAME’: The Cabiri in ‘Ghost Game VIII: 13 Witches’ at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 8 pm. Tickets and details here. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

Back to the regular calendar – some of tonight’s other highlights:

FALL FALCON FEST: 5-8 pm, the first festival at newly reopened Fairmount Park Elementary School – alumni are encouraged to come, too, and special tours are part of the plan. Details in our preview from earlier in the month. (38th/Findlay)

HIGHLAND PARK ELEMENTARY SQUARE DANCE: 6 pm, dinner (free!), 7-9 pm, square dancing with live music, and more – including free pumpkins to take home, while they last! – presented by the Highland Park Elementary PTA. (1012 SW Trenton)

PEACE ON THE BEACH: As part of Seattle Parks’ Week Without Violence, teens are invited to the Alki Bathhouse at 6 tonight for pizza, discussions, and s’more-making. (2701 Alki SW)

SWEET, SWEET MUSIC, FEATURING ALICE STUART: 7:30 pm at Fauntleroy Church, the high-energy blues artistry of Alice Stuart is spotlighted in the latest edition of Sweet, Sweet Music.

TOTAL EXPERIENCE GOSPEL CHOIR’S MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE: 7:30 pm at Kenyon Hallread about it here! (7904 35th SW)

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West Seattle Thursday: Haunted house; open house; ‘Dogfight’ debut; firefighter storytime … http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-thursday-haunted-house-open-house-dogfight-debut-firefighter-storytime/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-thursday-haunted-house-open-house-dogfight-debut-firefighter-storytime/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:30:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289645 Five highlights today from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and our WS Halloween Guide:

FIREFIGHTER STORY TIME: 11:30 am at High Point Branch Library, preschoolers learn a lesson about fire safety, and who better to teach it than Seattle Fire Department firefighters. (35th/Raymond)

SOLAR ECLIPSE VIEWING PARTY – OR ASTRONOMY PRESENTATION: 1:15-3 pm, Alice Enevoldsen of Alice’s Astro Info and Skies Over West Seattle fame will be at High Point Branch Library for a solar-eclipse-viewing party, just in case there’s a break in the weather; if the eclipse isn’t visible, she’ll give an astronomy presentation, so come to the library anyway! (35th/Raymond)

HAUNTED HOUSE AND FALL FESTIVAL: First big event from the WSB West Seattle Halloween Guide – 6 pm, fall festival and haunted house at High Point Community Center. (6920 34th SW)

SEATTLE LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: School-open-house season continues with tonight’s 7-8:30 pm open house inviting families to West Seattle’s only independent high school. Details in our calendar listing. (41st/Genesee)

OPENING NIGHT FOR ‘DOGFIGHT’: 7:30 pm at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor), it’s the first performance of the musical “Dogfight,” described as “the romantic and heartbreaking story of three young marines in 1963 on the eve of the deployment to the small but growing conflict in Vietnam.” Directed by AW’s new artistic director Mathew Wright. (4711 California SW)

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West Seattle Wednesday: 35th SW kickoff; Oktoberfest; eclipse countdown; Highland Park Action Committee; Y expansion; more! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-wednesday-35th-sw-kickoff-oktoberfest-eclipse-countdown-highland-park-action-committee-y-expansion-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-wednesday-35th-sw-kickoff-oktoberfest-eclipse-countdown-highland-park-action-committee-y-expansion-more/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:12:38 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289504

(Ducks we photographed at Sunday’s Fauntleroy Fall Festival. This seems like their kind of day.)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

WORK AT HOME? TAKE A BREAK … and join the weekly Home Office/Co-working Meetup at West Seattle’s only co-working hub, WS Office Junction (WSB sponsor). Noon-1 pm. (6040 California SW)

ECLIPSE COUNTDOWN EVENT: One more library event with Alice Enevoldsen, looking ahead to tomorrow’s partial eclipse of the sun (hey, we just might get a sunbreak) – make a pinhole viewer, 4 pm, Delridge Branch Library. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

FREE OKTOBERFEST DINNER: 5 pm, Emeritus West Seattle invites you to a free event with dinner, music, pretzels, beer, and more – just RSVP; our calendar listing explains how. (4611 35th SW)

35TH SW SAFETY PROJECT KICKOFF: 6:30 pm at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center, it’s the long-awaited, announced-months-ago kickoff meeting for the 35th Avenue SW Road Safety Project. This is **not** a meeting at which you’ll be shown what the city has come up with and asked for comments; this is billed as a bonafide chance to tell SDOT what matters to you in designing a plan, so be there if you can:

Purpose: Review existing conditions and traffic data, discuss toolbox of potential engineering and enforcement strategies, and hear concerns and ideas from residents

This has been years in the making – here’s some backstory. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)

(added) WEST SEATTLE LAND USE COMMITTEE: 6:30 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle, it’s the third meeting of this still-taking-shape group intended to look at “big picture” issues regarding development/land use on the peninsula. (Oregon/California)

(back to original report) HIGHLAND PARK ACTION COMMITTEE: 6:30 pm potluck followed by 7 pm meeting, featuring these topics:

The agenda includes an update on the Seattle Public Utilities’ natural drainage project (also called roadside raingardens or green stormwater infrastructure), planned along several blocks of 17th Avenue SW. The project is currently in design with construction anticipated for mid-2015. We will also be hosting a speaker from Communities in Schools at Highland Park Elementary, who will share with us some upcoming events for community involvement at the school.

HPAC meets at Highland Park Improvement Club. (12th/Holden)

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE WEST SEATTLE Y EXPANSION PLAN? Another community meeting is set for tonight at 7 pm at the YMCA (WSB sponsor)’s Studio 5 – details here. (4518 Fauntleroy Way SW)

POETRY AND STORYTELLING: Once a month, writers gather at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) to share their work with each other and everyone else who’s interested. You’re invited! 7 pm. (5612 California SW)

AND MORE … these daily highlights lists only spotlight a few of the MANY events on our calendar – take a minute and browse the rest (for today, tomorrow, and days/weeks beyond) … thanks!

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(The surfbirds are back! Photographed at Alki by Mark Wangerin)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

SKATE FOR PEACE: As part of the city’s “Week Without Violence” programs for 12-19-year-olds, teens are invited to “Skate for Peace” 5-7 pm today at Southgate Roller Rink in White Center; details in our calendar listing.

ALICE EXPLAINS THE ECLIPSE: Tonight, continuing her local library events leading up to Thursday’s partial eclipse of the sun, Alice Enevoldsen is speaking at West Seattle Branch Library in Admiral, 6 pm. (Unlike last night’s event, this one is intended for adults.) Free. (2306 42nd SW)

JUNCTION NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATION: As mentioned here last night, setting up an Emergency Communication Hub – not time-consuming, you just have to be ready in case of something that hopefully will never happen – is on the agenda tonight; show up and find out more. JuNO also will hear from the Seattle Green Space Coalition as it works on figuring out how to keep old City Light properties as open space, and they’re adding the now-fenced-off ex-teriyaki-joint site at 35th/Fauntleroy/Avalon to the list. 6:30 pm, Senior Center of West Seattle. (Oregon/California)

WEST SEATTLE CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL: Concern/question about crime/safety in your neighborhood? Tonight’s entire meeting is devoted to hearing from and talking with local police. 7 pm, Southwest Precinct; meeting room is right off the parking lot on the Webster side. (Delridge/Webster)

SING, PLAY, EXPRESS YOURSELF AT THE CASK … open-microphone night with Alan Sobel, who says: “The fun begins at 6:45 signup; go at 7 till ? I have some amazing singers and players ready to go. Always room for more, come on down. Great price on food, beer, and wine. Cheers!” The Cask (WSB sponsor) is in The Admiral District. (2350 California SW)

FROM BELLY DANCING TO THE BLUES, AND BEYOND … the rest of tonight’s nightlife lineup is lively too! See the individual listings on our calendar.

And another seasonal nudge:

WEST SEATTLE HALLOWEEN GUIDE! It’s the annual WSB page with the full list of Halloween (and alternative) fun, now to November 1st, all in one place. If you have a community event that’s NOT already in the guide, please send us info about it ASAP – editor@westseattleblog.com – thank you!

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West Seattle Monday: Get a flu shot; make an eclipse viewer; WSHS-Sealth volleyball; more… http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-monday-get-a-flu-shot-make-an-eclipse-viewer-wshs-sealth-volleyball-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-monday-get-a-flu-shot-make-an-eclipse-viewer-wshs-sealth-volleyball-more/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:03:22 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289287

(Eyes in the sky? Sunday clouds/fog photos by James Bratsanos)
Welcome to the brand-new week! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

FLU SHOT CLINIC: 2:30 pm-7 pm, flu shots are available at West Seattle High School. Students won’t be turned away for lack of insurance; adults need insurance or $28 fee. Details here. (3000 California SW)

MAKE AN ECLIPSE VIEWER WITH ALICE: Partial solar eclipse on Thursday, and here’s hoping the weather will allow us to see it. You of course do NOT want to harm your eyes by looking directly at the sun, so you need a special viewer, and tonight at 6:30 pm at High Point Branch Library, your child/teen is invited to work with Alice Enevoldsen – your NASA Solar System Ambassador, also known for Alice’s Astro Info, and Skies Over West Seattle – to make one. (35th/Raymond)

WSHS-SEALTH VOLLEYBALL: Big match at 7 pm tonight at the West Seattle High School gym – the Wildcats celebrate their senior players while hosting Chief Sealth International High School, and it’s a special event to support cancer awareness, as previewed here last week. (3000 California SW)

NORTH HIGHLINE FIRE DISTRICT: If you live in White Center or elsewhere in the unincorporated area, you’re invited to a hearing about the voter-approved “benefit charge” to help fund the North Highline Fire District. The hearing will be part of tonight’s NHFD board meeting, 7 pm at the district’s HQ. (1243 SW 112th)

Plus a reminder:

WEST SEATTLE HALLOWEEN GUIDE! Check out the annual WSB page where we’ve scared up your full list of spooky fun, from now to November 1st, all in one place, launched over the weekend. If you have a community event that’s NOT in the guide already, please send us info about it ASAP – editor@westseattleblog.com – thank you!

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West Seattle Sunday: Fauntleroy Fall Festival; Green Space Coalition; nature walk; wine, cheese, & opera; more… http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-sunday-fauntleroy-fall-festival-green-space-coalition-nature-walk-wine-cheese-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-sunday-fauntleroy-fall-festival-green-space-coalition-nature-walk-wine-cheese-more/#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:02:38 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289181

(Added: Lynn Hall‘s photo of this morning’s sunrise colors)
Again today, we start the daily highlight list with a traffic reminder:

(updated info, 8:59 am) VIADUCT/99 *NOT* CLOSING TODAY … from the West Seattle Bridge to the Battery Street Tunnel, after all. WSDOT confirms the inspection work they did on Saturday was all that needed to be done, so that part of today’s closure is canceled.

But the closure from the tunnel itself until Valley Street, planned until tomorrow morning, IS continuing. And the 520 Bridge remains closed until tomorrow morning, too.

(back to original report) All of that led to very slow going on Saturday (on the surface alternatives 1st and 4th too), so if you are going off-peninsula, unless you are biking or walking, plan extra time, just in case. Bus-reroute info is here.

*8:21 am note –

However, we suspect today will be quieter until early afternoon, because of the game at the heart of our next highlight:

BREAKFAST WITH THE SEAHAWKS: Well, sort of. Many local big-screen-equipped venues are opening early so you can have breakfast and watch the 10 am game (Seattle at St. Louis). And if you’re looking for an all-ages place to go, you can tailgate starting at 9 am at Highland Park Improvement Club at 12th/Holden. Go, Hawks!

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: No big screens, just big flavors. Cranberries are back this week, for example. 10 am-2 pm. (44th/Alaska)

IN SEARCH OF FOREVER HOMES: Friends of the Animals Foundation‘s cat/kitten-adoption event continues 11:30 am-3:30 pm at Next to Nature in The Junction.

FAUNTLEROY FALL FESTIVAL: 2-5 pm at, in, and around the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse and Church grounds, it’s the annual autumn extravaganza, celebrating community, art, music, food, fun – from our Saturday preview, here again is the schedule:

Those three hours go by fast, so get there early and don’t miss a thing. Admission’s free; food/drink available for purchase. (9131 & 9140 California SW)

FOREST AND FISH OF THE DUWAMISH: 2-4 pm, free walk-and-talk, naturalist-guided program starting from the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse and heading across to the Duwamish River. Details here. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

SEATTLE GREEN SPACE COALITION: The group that started out with a focus on keeping West Seattle’s surplus substations as open space has now expanded to a citywide focus – but the WS work remains front and center, including a new addition to the list, as noted in the agenda for today’s meeting, to which you’re invited, 3 pm at High Point Branch Library. (35th/Raymond)

SINGING FOR SWYFS: As of early today, you’re not too late to RSVP for a one-of-a-kind benefit performance – a recital by the Opera Belles with a wine and cheese reception, in a beautiful house on the beach at Fauntleroy Cove, great views and acoustics, 4-6 pm. It’s a fundraiser for Southwest Youth and Family Services and its community work (from early education to violence prevention and more). $50 tax-deductible donation; sign up online here ASAP to reserve your space and receive location info.

NIGHTLIFE: Yes, even on Sunday! Karaoke, trivia, live music – see the listings on our calendar.

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What’s up today and tonight on your West Seattle Saturday: http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/whats-up-today-and-tonight-on-your-west-seattle-saturday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/whats-up-today-and-tonight-on-your-west-seattle-saturday/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:12:24 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289066 Our daily preview starts with the weekend’s big traffic alert:

HIGHWAY 99 CLOSURE: It’s inspection weekend for Highway 99, which means it’s closed until 6 pm tonight and again 6 am-6 pm tomorrow between here and the Battery Street Tunnel. But that’s not all – from the Battery Street Tunnel north to Valley Street, it’s closed ALL weekend, until early Monday. It’s all explained here – and here’s where to find bus-reroute info. (P.S. The 520 Bridge across Lake Washington is closed all weekend too, so give yourself extra time for most off-peninsula trips.)

Around West Seattle today/tonight:

WESTSIDE SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: 10 am-noon, it’s an all-school open house at Westside School (WSB sponsor), for families interested in any grade(s), pre-K through 8th. Come tour the school (and find out about the new campus opening next fall) and meet the staff. (7740 34th SW)

DUWAMISH ALIVE! 10 am-2 pm, 11 locations for the twice-yearly work parties to help the Duwamish River and its watershed. Signups were requested but we’re pretty sure you won’t be turned away if you show up at one of the sites – map and more in our preview from earlier this month.

BAZAAR: 10 am-4 pm at Alki Masonic Center, go browse Westgate Court #21‘s annual bazaar! (40th/Edmunds)

SKIPPYJON AT STORYTIME: 11 am, here’s what you’ll find at the regular Saturday morning storytime at Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village: “Just wanted to let everyone know that our favorite chihuahua wannabe, Skippyjon Jones, will be our special guest star at storytime Saturday. He’ll be hanging out with us and making friends with everybody before we read some of his fun stories.” (2600 SW Barton)

SEATTLE LUTHERAN HOMECOMING: 1:30 pm, West Seattle Stadium, it’s the Saints’ homecoming game, vs. Rainier Christian; barbecue at noon. (4432 35th SW)

FREE SELF-DEFENSE CLASS: 3 pm at SIMA Martial Arts in The Triangle, but pre-registration is required – so if you see this Saturday morning, check fast to see if there’s room! (4159 Fauntleroy Way SW)

WHITE CENTER FOOD BANK DINNER/AUCTION: Sold out, but we’re mentioning it as a reminder to ticketholders and/or anyone who wonders what’s up at Brockey Center on the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus tonight – 5:30 pm, doors open for the auction; gala dinner follows. Didn’t buy a ticket in time? You can help the WCFB any time – here’s how. (6000 16th SW)

GRANT DERMODY AND THE LOW VOLUME HEAVY GROOVE DANCE BAND: 7:30 pm, that’s who’s at Kenyon Hall tonight, with “an evening of listenable, danceable blues and funk.” (7904 35th SW)

THE RETURN OF WEST SIDE GLORY: 9 pm, the popular queer variety show returns to The Skylark. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

LOTS MORE … on the calendar!

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What’s ahead for your West Seattle Friday: Orchestras’ free concert; free movie; Huling Bowl; 5th anniversary for Not Dead Yet… http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/whats-ahead-for-your-west-seattle-friday-orchestras-free-concert-free-movie-huling-bowl-5th-anniversary-for-not-dead-yet/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/whats-ahead-for-your-west-seattle-friday-orchestras-free-concert-free-movie-huling-bowl-5th-anniversary-for-not-dead-yet/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:59:17 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288934

(Spot of color seen this morning in The Triangle, looking north to Fairmount)
The full list is on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar – but for a quick look ahead, here are five highlights for your West Seattle Friday afternoon/evening:

BEER/CIDER TASTING: 4-6 pm at Metropolitan Market-Admiral (WSB sponsor) – details in our calendar listing. (41st/42nd/Admiral Way)

FREE MOVIE: Movie Night at Highland Park Improvement Club – free admission; concessions available for purchase; BYO chair/blanket, or find a chair there. Doors open at 6:30, movie at 7 – it’s a “family” movie in more ways than one, as the plot hint here reveals. (12th/Holden)

SEE THE SEATTLE SYMPHONY FOR FREE! And the West Seattle Community Orchestras – all in one big community concert – as previewed here Thursday:

(Added: WSCO-provided photo of Friday afternoon rehearsal with the Symphony)
7 pm tonight in the auditorium at Chief Sealth International High School. (2600 SW Thistle)

HULING BOWL: That’s the official name of each year’s West Seattle HS vs. Chief Sealth IHS football game, with a trophy for the victors, and tonight’s the big game, 7 pm at Southwest Athletic Complex, as previewed here on Thursday. Come cheer for either or both! P.S. It’s a “pink-out” for breast-cancer awareness – so whomever you’re cheering for, wear some pink. (2601 SW Thistle)

NOT DEAD YET, 5 YEARS OLD: The popular West Seattle band marks its fifth anniversary with a show at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), 9 pm.

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West Seattle Thursday: Early Halloween event for teens; Genesee-Schmitz NC; Alki CC; quake drill; more http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-thursday-early-halloween-event-for-teens-genesee-schmitz-nc-alki-cc-quake-drill-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-thursday-early-halloween-event-for-teens-genesee-schmitz-nc-alki-cc-quake-drill-more/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:42:17 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288840

(WSB photo: One of the many barges that come and go off West Seattle’s northeastern shore)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

EARTHQUAKE DRILL THIS MORNING: Want to practice what you know about what to do in an earthquake? 10:16 am today is the Great Washington Shakeout. For local-specific information – particularly, the location of your nearest Emergency Communication Hub – browse West Seattle Be Prepared.

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: 11 am at Southwest Branch Library. (35th/Henderson)

TEEN HALLOWED HUNT AND COSTUME CONTEST: 6:30 pm at Alki Community Center, it’s this year’s first spotlighted Halloween event – just for teens. Details in our calendar listing. (5817 SW Stevens)

GENESEE-SCHMITZ NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL: 7 pm tonight, it’s a general meeting for GSNC at West Side Presbyterian Church, with topics including the P-Patch and City Fruit, as detailed in our calendar listing. (3601 California SW)

ALKI COMMUNITY COUNCIL: 7 pm tonight, the ACC board meets (members welcome) at Alki UCC - not in the parlor as usual (another event is happening there tonight), but on the third floor. Announced topics include “discussion of landslide and transit issues and plans for the November annual meeting.” (6112 SW Hinds)

UNPLUGGED! 7 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), it’s the Seattle Classic Guitar Society‘s monthly open-microphone event for musicians and singers. (5612 California SW)

HYMN SING: You’re invited to add your voice at tonight’s 7 pm hymn sing hosted by West Seattle Christian Church. (4400 42nd SW)

MORE ON THE CALENDAR! Nightlife as usual, but also events throughout the day – you can easily browse beyond, too. Just start here.

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West Seattle Wednesday: Morgan, Delridge meetings; school open houses; Memory Café; WordsWest, edition 2; and more… http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-wednesday-morgan-delridge-meetings-school-open-houses-memory-cafe-wordswest-edition-2-and-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-wednesday-morgan-delridge-meetings-school-open-houses-memory-cafe-wordswest-edition-2-and-more/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:21:47 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288760

(Photo by Don Brubeck)
Murky morning – but looks to be lightening up a bit now. (Did you see last night’s rainbow/clouds?) Looking ahead to the rest of your West Seattle Wednesday, here’s just some of what’s on the calendar:

DONATED YET? Now that we’ve arrived at mid-month, we wanted to mention the local physical-therapy clinics’ West Seattle Food Bank donation competition again. Two more weeks to help your favorite clinic “win” (and any donation is a “winner” for WSFB and its clients) – details in our calendar listing.

MEMORY CAFE: The monthly event for people living with dementia/Alzheimer’s is today, 3-4:30 pm, at Angelina’s – details in our calendar listing. (2311 California SW)

TRANSITION HEALTH FAIR: 6:30-8:30 pm tonight at Chief Sealth International High School, it’s “a Transition Health Fair for students and families interested in meeting professionals in the Transition Services, College and Career planning, and Health Services. Our goal is to make the move from high school to career and college a smooth one. There will be more than 30 community partners and several pull out sessions for students with special needs.” In the Galleria. (2600 SW Thistle)

OPEN HOUSE #1: At Explorer West Middle School (WSB sponsor), 6:30-8 pm, come “try out” EWMS during “an interactive school tour including art and drama demonstrations.” (10015 28th SW)

OPEN HOUSE #2, WITH RSVP REQUESTED: 7 pm at Harbor School (WSB sponsor), West Seattle families are especially welcome to visit the school serving grades 4-8, for its open house on Vashon Island. Campus tours will be offered, with an “overview of the curriculum as well as highlights on the school’s Travel Study, Service Learning and Arts Integrated programs.” West Seattleites ferrying over from Fauntleroy can arrange for a shuttle ride if you RSVP ASAP – our calendar listing explains how. (15920 Vashon Highway SW)

FOUR GUESTS FOR DNDC: Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Steve Wilske is on the agenda for the Delridge Neighborhoods District Council meeting, 7 pm Wednesday at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. He’s one of four guests; also scheduled are guests talking about the city budget, Neighborhood Matching Fund, and the SDOT Freight Master Plan. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

MORGAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: The quarterly MoCA meeting is 7 pm tonight at The Kenney (WSB sponsor); big list of topics – see it on our calendar listing. (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW)

WORDSWEST, EVENT #2: The new West Seattle literary series features “politics and poetics” tonight with Rick Barot and Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, plus a “favorite poem” by Northwest Art and Frame, 7 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) – details in our calendar listing. (5612 California SW)

NIGHTLIFE: Comedy, trivia, karaoke, open microphone … see the listings/venues on our calendar!

SKIES OVER WEST SEATTLE: Last-quarter moon is here, if the clouds clear a spot forus to see it. Another reason to take another look at our monthly “what’s up there?” report from Alice Enevoldsen: Only eight days to the solar eclipse! Read all about it in SOWS, here.

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