West Seattle Blog... » WS miscellaneous http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 04:59:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle Thursday: Final Summer Concerts at Hiawatha show; pre-back-to-school events; more! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-thursday-final-summer-concerts-at-hiawatha-show-pre-back-to-school-events-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-thursday-final-summer-concerts-at-hiawatha-show-pre-back-to-school-events-more/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:00:47 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283892

(Added: WSB photo tweeted during Fairmount Park visit early today – full story later!)
With less than a week until school starts for most local students, it’s prime time for pre-back-to-school events, and several are in our highlights for today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

K-5 STEM OPEN HOUSE FOR NEW STUDENTS: Two start times for an open house welcoming new students to K-5 STEM – 4 pm for 1st-5th graders who are new to the school, 5 pm for incoming kindergarteners. Details in our previously published announcement. (5950 Delridge Way SW)

PATHFINDER BACK-TO-SCHOOL BARBECUE: 5-7 pm, neighbors welcome as well as Pathfinder K-8 families; here’s the previously published announcement. (1901 SW Genesee)

GATEWOOD ELEMENTARY 3-IN-1 EVENT: This year’s Meet and Greet, Volunteer Fair, and Ice Cream Social for Gatewood Elementary are combined into one event tonight, with three staggered starting times by grade, starting at 5:30 pm – details in our previously published announcement. (4320 SW Myrtle)


(Photos tweeted by Denny assistant principal Patricia Rangel on Wednesday)
NEW-FAMILY ORIENTATION AT DENNY: **Updated time** 6:30-8 pm at Denny International Middle School. (2601 SW Kenyon)

ROXHILL BACK-TO-SCHOOL BARBECUE: As previewed here Wednesday, 6-8 pm, families are invited to Roxhill Elementary to get ready for the new school year. School supplies will be available to those who need them – but first come, first served, so don’t be late. (30th/Roxbury)

COMMUNITY KAYAK TOUR ON THE DUWAMISH: 6 pm, see anbd learn about the river with the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition and Alki Kayak Tours, departing this time from Duwamish Waterway Park in South Park. See our calendar listing for details. (7900 10th Avenue S.)

LITTLE PILGRIM PARENT ORIENTATION: Starting at 7 pm, parents/guardians are welcome to Room 2 at Little Pilgrim School in Fauntleroy: “Current morning or afternoon openings are for children 3 or 4 years old. Come see the school spaces, meet the teachers, pick up enrollment materials, ask questions …” (9140 California SW)

SUMMER CONCERTS AT HIAWATHA’S 2014 FINALE: Funky 2 Death performs tonight at 6:30 pm on the lawn east of Hiawatha Community Center for the sixth and final of this summer’s six concerts presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association. Free! (2700 block of Walnut)

JON AUER AT C & P COFFEE: 7 pm – see our calendar listing for RSVP details, so you can check if there’s still room. *10:49 am update: Still room – $21, cash only, at the door.* (5612 California SW)

MORE MUSIC/NIGHTLIFE … see the listings by going directly to our calendar!

P.S. Any school events for tonight that aren’t listed above? Please let us know ASAP! (Or for other days ahead, too, if you don’t see them on our calendar – thank you!)

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West Seattle Wednesday: Land Use Committee launch, WSHS Freshman Family Night, ROVs at Seacrest, more http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-wednesday-land-use-committee-launch-wshs-freshman-family-night-rovs-at-seacrest-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-wednesday-land-use-committee-launch-wshs-freshman-family-night-rovs-at-seacrest-more/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:44:12 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283788

(Band-tailed pigeon in Fauntleroy Park: “Washington’s native pigeon” per photographer Mark Wangerin)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

ROV’S AT SEACREST: “Diver Laura” James invites you to stop by Seacrest “late morning” today (not time-specific but if you see this shortly after we publish it, head on over!) as she and others “will be ‘flying’ some small Underwater Remote Operated Vehicles (ROV) OpenROV and Open Explorer … shooting some UW video of the OpenROV’s while we test the efficacy of surveying sea-star wasting disease and recruitment with OpenROV’s. You can get an up close and personal look at the ROV’s, ask questions, maybe even drive one! And just for giggles I may even have my iPhone microscope on hand so we can look at a few drops of seawater and try to identify some plankton. A maker-space extravaganza!!! This won’t be your only opportunity, my personal OpenROV build is almost complete … and will try to get it out with some regularity for Sea Star Wasting Syndrome surveys, and will try to post them on the calendar!” (1660 Harbor SW)

CHAIR MASSAGE TO BENEFIT ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION: As part of fundraising over the next month for the Arthritis Foundation, Massage Envy West Seattle (WSB sponsor) is offering $1-minute chair massages 5-7 pm (and two more dates ahead) – details in our calendar listing. (2513 SW Trenton, north side of Westwood Village)

WSHS FRESHMAN FAMILY NIGHT: Someone in your family starting at West Seattle High School next week? Tonight’s event is for you. 5:30-7:30 pm – details in our preview. (3000 California SW)

LAND-USE COMMITTEE LAUNCH: Anyone and everyone interested is welcome at the launch meeting of the West Seattle Land Use Committee, meant to be a community group focused on the “big picture” of local development/zoning issues beyond the project-specific way they are addressed now. Our preview from last week includes a document and link you can check out in preparation, as well as the agenda. 6:30 pm, Senior Center of West Seattle. (Oregon/California)

POETRY AND STORYTELLING: The monthly event, with featured readers and open-microphone time, starts at 7 pm tonight at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor). Details in our calendar listing. (5612 California SW)

MORE NIGHTLIFE! Lots of listings for tonight – just check our calendar.

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West Seattle Tuesday: What’s ahead for today and tonight http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-tuesday-whats-ahead-for-today-and-tonight/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-tuesday-whats-ahead-for-today-and-tonight/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:17:31 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283326

(Dall’s porpoises in West Seattle waters, photographed by Danny McMillin)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

SOUTHWEST POOL CLOSURE: A week-long maintenance closure starts today for the city’s only indoor pool in West Seattle. It’s scheduled to reopen the day after Labor Day (Tuesday, September 2nd).

KALEIDOSCOPE PLAY-AND-LEARN: 1:30 pm, parents/caregivers are invited to bring kids 2-5 to High Point Branch Library for fun activities promoting early learning; details in our calendar listing. (35th/Raymond)

LIVE MUSIC AT SALTY’S: Another warm, clear evening is forecast; spend it on the water at Salty’s (WSB sponsor), where Justin Kausal-Hayes performs starting at 5:30 pm, no cover. (1936 Harbor Ave. SW)

WHITE CENTER BIKE-CORRAL MEETING: Some business owners and community advocates are hoping for more bicycle parking to draw more business to downtown White Center, and a grant is close to being finalized for a “bike corral” to facilitate that. They’re asking for a show of support at a community meeting about it tonight, 6:30 pm, at the King County Sheriff’s Office storefront in White Center; details here. (9609 16th SW)

FREE LEGAL CLINIC: 7 pm at Senior Center of West Seattle – by appointment; our calendar listing includes info on how to get one. (Oregon/California)

BLUES TO DO: The Jelly Rollers, featuring Keith Lowe, perform tonight during Blues To Do at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), 8 pm. More info in our calendar listing. (6451 California SW)

EVEN MORE NIGHTLIFE AND DAYTIME ACTIVITIES … on the calendar!

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West Seattle Monday: Youngstown mural doc premiere, & more http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-monday-youngstown-mural-documentary-premiere-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-monday-youngstown-mural-documentary-premiere-more/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:13:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283324

(Seen at Alki Sunday morning. Photo by WSB’s Patrick Sand)
Last full week of summer vacation for most local schools tends to be a quiet week all around. But a few things are on the schedule, including:

CITY AQUATICS: This is the last full week of 2014 operations for Colman Pool, Lincoln Park wading pool, and Highland Park Spraypark, all of which close after Labor Day (Sept. 1st); also, today’s the last day for Southwest Pool until its weeklong closure. (Each facility’s name in that sentence is linked to a page with its schedule info.)

GAMING AND ‘HOUR OF CODE’: 3 pm at High Point Branch Library, details in our calendar listing, as the last full week of summer vacation begins. (35th/Raymond)

YOUNGSTOWN MURAL – THE MOVIE! The weeks of work that went into the new mural outside Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (here’s our report on the August 14th unveiling) were documented by the Rec-Tech crew, and their completed documentary will premiere there tonight, 6 pm, all welcome. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

KARAOKE AND TRIVIA … multiple venues, on the calendar. (Yours missing? Please e-mail us the info!)

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West Seattle Sunday: Alki Beach 5K; lighthouse tours; ‘Charlie Brown’ finale; plus, Highway 99 still closed http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-sunday-alki-beach-5k-lighthouse-tours-charlie-brown-finale-plus-highway-99-still-closed/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-sunday-alki-beach-5k-lighthouse-tours-charlie-brown-finale-plus-highway-99-still-closed/#comments Sun, 24 Aug 2014 14:59:48 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283322 Today, we start the daily preview with three traffic alerts/reminders:

VIADUCT CLOSED AGAIN TODAY: The Alaskan Way Viaduct and Highway 99 south to the West Seattle Bridge are closed again today, scheduled to reopen early Monday. From the Battery Street Tunnel north to Valley Street, 99 is scheduled to remain closed until early Wednesday. Above is the “live” camera from a stretch of 99 where concrete-repair work is continuing; WSDOT posted an update Saturday on how things are going so far (it also includes maps and specific traffic reminders).

FERRY NOTE: Washington State Ferries is expecting extra traffic on the Fauntleroy-Vashon run today, particularly motorcycles, because of events on the island.

ROAD CLOSURE FOR ALKI BEACH 5K: Alki Avenue SW will be closed along the usual 5K route until about 11 am today, with more than 1,000 runners and walkers expected to participate in the Alki Beach 5K, benefiting Northwest Hope and Healing, which helps breast-cancer patients.

Warrior Marathon Runner Carol Dellinger will be there for inspiration. Last-minute signups are open now by the Alki Bathhouse. Race starts around 9 am.

Also happening today:

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Fresh local food and beverages, as always, 10 am-2 pm. (44th/Alaska)

DIY BIKES: Noon-4 pm, free bicycle repairs at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center; also accepting donated bikes to be fixed up. More at diybikes.org. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

TOUR THE ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE: Second-to-last weekend this summer to enjoy a free tour of historic Alki Point Lighthouse with US Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers, 1-4 pm. (3201 Alki SW)

‘YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN’ MATINEE: 3 pm today is the final performance of the ArtsWest youth-conservatory production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown“; tickets online here. (4711 California SW)

OPEN-MICROPHONE JAM: Every Sunday night in August at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), hosted by Lynn Sorensen – just show up with your voice and/or instrument starting at 7:30 pm – details in our calendar listing. (6451 California SW)

MORE … for today/tonight – browse our calendar.

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West Seattle Saturday: No Viaduct – but no reason to leave, really – here are the highlights http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-saturday-no-viaduct-but-no-reason-to-leave-really-here-are-the-highlights/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-saturday-no-viaduct-but-no-reason-to-leave-really-here-are-the-highlights/#comments Sat, 23 Aug 2014 14:59:08 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283310 We start today’s daily preview with a traffic alert/reminder:

VIADUCT CLOSED ALL WEEKEND: As detailed on the WSDOT website, the Alaskan Way Viaduct and Highway 99 south to the West Seattle Bridge are *closed for the weekend only* (reopening early Monday). From the Battery Street Tunnel north to Valley Street, 99 is closed for four days (reopening early Wednesday). Above, the “live” image from a stretch of 99 where concrete-repair work will be under way, among other things.

Now, all the reasons you don’t need to leave anyway:

GREAT CROSS-SOUND RACE: At 9 am, this rowing race presented by Sound Rowers starts just off the Alki Boardwalk, heads across toward Bainbridge, and comes back.

HUB AND SPOKE COURSE @ CAMP LONG: Two sessions today for adults and teens to try out Camp Long‘s challenge course, starting at 9:45 am – details in our calendar listing. (5200 35th SW)

‘HOLD ON TO YOUR BUTTS’: As previewed here earlier this week, the Surfrider Foundation will be out on Alki starting at 10 am to campaign against cigarette-butt litter, far more toxic than you might think.

ALKI BEACH 5K REGISTRATION/PACKET PICKUP: 10 am-2 pm at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), you can pick up your packet for tomorrow’s Alki Beach 5K, or sign up if you haven’t already (online signup is now over) and want to beat the pre-race rush tomorrow morning. (California/Charlestown)

DUWAMISH RIVER FESTIVAL: Noon-4 pm, it’s a free festival with boat/kayak rides, entertainment, and more, at Duwamish Waterway Park on the river’s bank in South Park – here’s our preview with the music/dance (etc.) schedule. Co-sponsors include WSB and our partner site The South Park News. (7900 10th Avenue South)

ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: Second-to-last weekend this summer to take a free tour of historic Alki Point Lighthouse with US Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers, 1-4 pm. (3201 Alki SW)

MODE MUSIC STUDIOS GRAND OPENING: Join new WSB sponsor Mode Music Studios for the grand-opening party featuring music and more at Skylark next door as well as studio tours (with punch and cake!) at Mode’s new HQ, 3-6 pm. (3805 Delridge Way SW)

K-5 STEM BACK TO SCHOOL BASH: 4-7 pm at the north end of Lincoln Park, all K-5 STEM families welcome – details and directions on the PTA website. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)

SUNRISE HEIGHTS STREET DANCE: Starts at 5 pm – details in our calendar listing (30th SW)

TYRONE IN CONCERT/SCHOOL SUPPLIES DRIVE: 5-9 pm at West Seattle Christian Performance Hall in The Junction, concert by Tyrone “The Working Class Hero” and school-supplies drive (folders, binders, pens, pencils and backpacks for foster kids) presented by nearby Unified Outreach. Details in our calendar listing. (4400 42nd SW)

FINAL ‘WEST SEATTLE OUTDOOR MOVIES’ – BRING DIAPERS! The sixth and final West Seattle Outdoor Movies presentation of 2014 is “Frozen,” on the big screen in the courtyard by Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor). Come early – while 6:30 pm is the official “gates open” time, there’s really no way to lock down the courtyard, so when it’s a hot movie, stakeouts might start sooner. Preshow entertainment will be courtesy of Seattle Balloon Arts – and there’s a free community barbecue too, courtesy of West Seattle Christian. Along with bringing your own chair/blanket, bring diapers! This week’s official community nonprofit beneficiary for concessions and raffle tickets is WestSide Baby. Every package of diapers you bring will get you three raffle tickets. Movie’s at dusk, around 8:30 pm. (4410 California SW)

TONIGHT’S LIVE MUSIC: Multiple venues – see the listings on our calendar.

‘YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN’ MATINEE: 7:30 pm is your second-to-last chance to applaud the young performers in the ArtsWest youth-conservatory production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown“; tickets online here. (4711 California SW)

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What’s happening (& not happening) for your West Seattle Wednesday night http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/whats-happening-not-happening-for-your-west-seattle-wednesday-night/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/whats-happening-not-happening-for-your-west-seattle-wednesday-night/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:33:28 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283069

Patricia shared that beautiful view of last night’s sunset (thank you!). As evening approaches, we wanted to note a few things that are, and are not, happening (there’s more on our calendar, as always):

HAPPENING

*High Point Healthy Families Celebration at Neighborhood House’s HP Center, 5 pm
*Science on Wheels at West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) with Pacific Science Center, 6 pm
*Backpack giveaway at Westwood Christian Community, 6:30 pm
*Comedy night at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), hosted by Mona Concepcion, 8 pm

NOT HAPPENING

*In a recent comment discussion, it was mentioned that new SDOT director Scott Kubly had accepted an invitation to the next Delridge Neighborhoods District Council meeting. Turns out DNDC is NOT meeting tonight but you can mark your calendar for Kubly, Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, and other transportation-related guests at the September meeting – 7 pm September 17th at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, per DNDC chair Mat McBride, who says they’ll move that meeting into the theater so there’s more room.

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West Seattle Tuesday: Kurdistan benefit at Pegasus; City of Hope benefit at Salty’s; camp-fundraiser movie at Schmitz Park; more … http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-tuesday-kurdistan-benefit-at-pegasus-city-of-hope-benefit-at-saltys-camp-fundraiser-movie-at-schmitz-park-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-tuesday-kurdistan-benefit-at-pegasus-city-of-hope-benefit-at-saltys-camp-fundraiser-movie-at-schmitz-park-more/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:12:57 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282945

(Steller’s Jay silhouetted against the early-morning sun outside WSB HQ this morning)
Do a good deed while having a good time! Three of our calendar highlights for today/tonight fit that description and are on the list:

PEGASUS BENEFIT FOR KURDISTAN RELIEF: 4-9 pm at Pegasus Pizza on Alki, specials and raffle tickets benefit relief for children and families in Kurdistan – details in our calendar listing. (2770 Alki SW)

LAST CALL FOR FAMILY-FRIENDLY TENNIS LESSONS: 6 pm tonight, it’s the final session for USTA Family-Friendly Tennis at Solstice Park – you’re welcome even if you haven’t been to any previous sessions, and regardless of your skill level; details in our calendar listing. (7400 Fauntleroy Way SW)

SALTY’S BENEFIT FOR CITY OF HOPE: Tonight’s Tuesday Tuneup at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor), 6:30-8:30 pm, emceed and entertained by pianist Victor Janusz, is a fundraiser for City of Hope – no cover charge, donations accepted. (1936 Harbor SW)

SCHMITZ PARK ELEMENTARY OUTDOOR MOVIE: Rescheduled from last week (the weather’s much better now!), “Rio 2” outdoors at Schmitz Park Elementary, raising money for the 4th-grade Islandwood trip. “Doors open” at 6:30, movie around 8:15 pm, more in our calendar listing and on the SPE PTA website. (5000 SW Spokane)

BOBBY BARE JR., LIVE: Live in-store at Easy Street Records in The Junction tonight at 7 pm, it’s Bobby Bare Jr.details on the ESR website. Free. (California/Alaska)

BELLY DANCING: Time for the monthly Alauda freeform-bellydancing showcase at Skylark Café and Club (no cover charge), 7:30 pm. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

BRIAN LEE & THE ORBITERS @ THE FEEDBACK: The weekly “Blues To Do” show features Brian Lee and The Orbiters tonight at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), 8 pm. (6451 California SW)

MORE! … just go check out our calendar.

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West Seattle Monday: Wading, reading, learning… http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-monday-wading-reading-learning/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-monday-wading-reading-learning/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:00:36 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282883

(WSB photo: M/V Issaquah heading out from Fauntleroy this morning – the run is back to 3 boats today)
Getting down to the quieter weeks of summer – but not *entirely* quiet:

ONE WADING POOL, ONE SPRAYPARK: Most city wading pools’ seasons ended over the past few days, but Lincoln Park‘s wading pool remains open daily (weather permitting), 11 am-8 pm, through Labor Day – so that’s two more weeks. Same for Highland Park Spraypark, 11 am-8 pm through Labor Day. Addresses and other info here.

AFTERNOON BOOK GROUP: 2 pm at Southwest Branch Library; this month’s book is “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” by Lisa See. No registration or previous participation required – just show up. (35th/Henderson)

WHAT MAKES A BOAT FLOAT? Kids 4-8 will find out tonight at 6 pm at High Point Branch Library. Free but registration is required – info and the phone number, all here.

P.S. for politics-watchers:

NO CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS FOR TWO WEEKS: If you keep watch on what the council and its committees are up to, you get a two-week break starting today – it’s the annual hiatus.

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West Seattle Sunday: Where to do a good deed; have a good time… http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-sunday-where-to-do-a-good-deed-have-a-good-time/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-sunday-where-to-do-a-good-deed-have-a-good-time/#comments Sun, 17 Aug 2014 15:50:14 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282789

(Delridge sunflowers, by Laura Goodrich, shared via the WSB Flickr group)
Notes from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar – after a transportation alert:

FERRY ALERT: The Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run is still on a 2-boat schedule, and fog is complicating it further this morning. Keep an eye on which boat is where, “live,” via WSF VesselWatch.

WSHS MUSIC CAR WASH: 10 am-4 pm, get your car washed on a donation basis as a benefit for West Seattle High School‘s music program, raising money “for an upcoming trip to Disneyland next spring to march in the Disneyland parade and other music events.” West Seattle Autoworks (WSB sponsor). (35th/Webster)

SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE’S LAST DAY: Local Girl Scouts are collecting school supplies through today, with a dropoff box at Mind Unwind in The Admiral District – details in our original report. (2206 California SW)

LAST DAY FOR SHOOFLY, DIVA: This is the last day for two local businesses: Shoofly Pie Company in The Junction (as announced last month; per Facebook, they’re opening at 10 am today and going until they sell out) and Diva Espresso in The Triangle (our previous report is here, explaining why they’re out and who’s in).

LUNA PARK BLOCK PARTY: Noon-3 pm with music, fashion, accessories, and more; details in our calendar listing. (2942 Avalon Way SW)

CITYDOG MAGAZINE COVER-DOG SEARCH: Does your dog have star power? S/he might be CityDog Magazine cover material. Photo sessions at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) noon-2 pm today by donation – details in our calendar listing. (California/Morgan/Fauntleroy)

WHILE YOU’RE THERE … The Dog Days of Summer adoption drive also continues at WS Thriftway today, noon-3 pm – details here.

WADING POOL’S LAST DAY: Delridge Community Center wading pool’s last day of the season, 12-6:45 pm – see the citywide schedule here. (Delridge/Genesee)

BEERFEST AND PET-ADOPTION EVENT: 1-4 pm at West Seattle Nursery, come have beer, a hot dog, and a chance to add a new companion to your household. Four animal-advocacy/rescue groups are participating; live music too – details here. (California/Brandon)

GOLDEN HERON GAMELAN IN CONCERT: Traditional music of Indonesia at Village Green Perennial Nursery, 1 pm – details in our calendar listing. (10223 26th SW)

ALKI LIGHTHOUSE TOUR: Five chances left this summer to take a free tour of historic Alki Point Lighthouse with US Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers – today (and the next two Saturdays/Sundays), 1-4 pm. (3201 Alki SW)

MUSICAL THEATER X 2: Again today, two local productions onstage, and both have 3 pm matinees – Hello, Dolly! presented by Twelfth Night Productions, and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” presented by the ArtsWest youth – click on either production’s name for details.

SUPPORT GROUP: New West Seattle miscarriage support group meets today, 3 pm – location information via RSVP; details in our calendar listing.

MUSIC THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT … see the calendar!

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West Seattle Saturday: Ferry/traffic alerts plus 17 possibilities for the first half of your weekend http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-saturday-ferrytraffic-alerts-plus-17-possibilities-for-the-first-half-of-your-weekend/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-saturday-ferrytraffic-alerts-plus-17-possibilities-for-the-first-half-of-your-weekend/#comments Sat, 16 Aug 2014 15:50:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282731

Thanks to Bob Venezia for the photo of Lincoln Park’s famous birds (that’s sort of how we felt this morning, too). Before we get to the highlights for today/tonight from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, the ferry in the background is a cue for one of today’s traffic notes:

BIG VASHON ISLAND EVENT: The Washington State Ferries notes weekend traffic between Fauntleroy and Vashon is likely to be heavy because of the Raft Up kayak/canoe/music event expected to draw thousands.

JUNCTION CRANE COMING DOWN: We will be checking on this for an update shortly, but the block of California between Alaska and Edmunds was scheduled to be a little busier than usual this morning, through mid-afternoon, as the 4730 California project’s tower crane comes down.

CITYWIDE ALERTS FOR THIS WEEKEND … If you’re heading off-peninsula, check this SDOT-published roundup first.

Now, ways to spend at least part of your Saturday here at home:

MOBILE BLOOD DRIVES: Two of them today – follow each link for details: 9 am-3 pm at 42nd/Alaska in The Junction; 9:30 am-3:30 pm at Westwood Village.

RIVERSIDE WALKING TOUR: Join the Southwest Seattle Historical Society on a walk through a neighborhood full of stories to tell and sights to see, 10 am, details (and a map) in our calendar listing. (W. Marginal Way/Marginal Place SW)

POCKET PARK MEETING: Remember our story earlier this summer about the Gatewood home donated to Seattle Parks by a local family? 10 am this morning, at the house, neighbors are invited to the informational meeting about plans for demolition and restoration at the site. (3823 SW Willow)

ADOPT A SHELTER PET! Noon-3 pm at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) as part of its ongoing Dog Days of Summer. (California/Fauntleroy/Morgan)

ARBOR HEIGHTS BLOCK PARTY: Noon-4 pm at ARK Park, Arbor Heights Community Church throws its annual summertime party for neighbors! (4113 SW 102nd)

GET SCHOOL SUPPLIES! 2-5 pm at Delridge Skatepark, school-supplies giveaway plus food and fun, courtesy of The Way Church of God; details in our calendar listing. (Genesee/Delridge)

CHIEF SEALTH CLASS OF 1984 REUNION EVENTS … continue with dinner at Talarico’s in The Junction tonight, 6 pm, info here. (4718 California SW)

‘GOONIES’ AT WS OUTDOOR MOVIES: Every year, West Seattle Outdoor Movies asks for suggestions, and this year brought double-digit requests for “The Goonies,” so if you’re a fan, come see it TONIGHT on the big screen in the courtyard by Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) tonight! Movie’s at dusk (8:30-ish, depending on how clear/cloudy it is by sunset), but gates open at 6:30 pm and you’ll want to come stake out your space early – bring your own chair/blanket. Free but bring $ for nonprofit-benefiting raffle/concessions if you can! (4410 California SW)

MUSICAL THEATER X 2: Hello, Dolly! presented by Twelfth Night Productions; also at 7:30 pm, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” presented by the ArtsWest youth – click on either production’s name for details.

LIVE MUSIC X 6: Five Buck Band at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7 pm; Tom Kell & Emiko Woods at Kenyon Hall, 7:30 pm; Travis Hart Trio at The Cask (WSB sponsor), 9 pm; Red House at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), 9 pm; hip-hop slate at Skylark, 9 pm; Tom Price Desert Classic (and more) at Benbow Room, 9 pm.

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4 for Saturday: Crane removal; Riverside walking tour; school-supplies giveaway; ‘Goonies’ at West Seattle Outdoor Movies http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/4-for-tomorrow-crane-removal-riverside-walking-tour-school-supplies-giveaway-goonies-at-west-seattle-outdoor-movies/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/4-for-tomorrow-crane-removal-riverside-walking-tour-school-supplies-giveaway-goonies-at-west-seattle-outdoor-movies/#comments Sat, 16 Aug 2014 05:03:56 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282705 Busy Saturday – you can get a sneak peek on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, and there are three things we wanted to mention quickly in advance:

CRANE-REMOVAL REMINDER: The tower crane for 4730 California, the midblock project between Alaska and Edmunds, is scheduled to come down, as noted here earlier this month, which means parking/traffic restrictions as the removal work continues through mid-afternoon.

RIVERSIDE WALKING TOUR: Right by the bridge, off West Marginal Way SW, a little neighborhood with a big history is the subject of a 10 am walking tour presented by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.

Leaders include longtime local Frank Zuvela (above, WSB photo from January 2012 Riverside plaza dedication); details on its website.

NEED SCHOOL SUPPLIES? 2-5 pm at Delridge Skatepark (Delridge/Genesee), The Way Church of God is giving away school supplies during a special event which also promises food and fun – details in our calendar listing.

‘GOONIES’ AT WEST SEATTLE OUTDOOR MOVIES: Just in case you haven’t been counting the days since the much-requested classic “The Goonies” hits the West Seattle Outdoor Movies (co-sponsored by WSB) screen in the courtyard next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor), tomorrow’s the night, gates open at 6:30 pm, movie at dusk, more details in our preview.

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West Seattle Friday: Please see the calendar for today/tonight http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-friday-please-see-the-calendar-for-todaytonight/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-friday-please-see-the-calendar-for-todaytonight/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 18:20:33 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282633 Because of breaking/developing stories, we won’t be publishing a separate “West Seattle Friday” calendar preview today, but there are cool happenings today/tonight as usual, so please take a moment to visit the WSB calendar page directly – every line is clickable and will show you more information on the specific event in question. Thanks!

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West Seattle Thursday: Mural ribbon-cutting; Summer Concerts at Hiawatha; WS Art Walk; more! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-thursday-mural-ribbon-cutting-summer-concerts-at-hiawatha-ws-art-walk-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-thursday-mural-ribbon-cutting-summer-concerts-at-hiawatha-ws-art-walk-more/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:53:40 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282534

Thanks to Lise Thivierge for the view from Seacrest this morning. Don’t let the clouds keep you home today/tonight – look at what’s on the calendar!

MURAL RIBBON-CUTTING: Come applaud the young artists in person if you can, when Youngstown Cultural Arts Center‘s new streetside mural is celebrated at 2 pm. Our most recent preview (with links to previous coverage) was just last night. Reception follows today’s ribbon-cutting. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

WEST SEATTLE ART WALK NIGHT! Second Thursday means it’s your chance to visit local businesses hosting local artists! Here’s the venue list/map:

As always, the Art Walk runs 6-9 pm. You can preview some of the spotlighted venues/artists on the official WSAW website,

KAYAK THE DUWAMISH … with the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, 6 pm, leaving from T-107 Park in West Seattle, details on the DRCC website. (4700 W. Marginal Way SW)

SINGALONG: Just feel like singing? Do it with friends and neighbors at the Senior Center of West Seattle, 6 pm, details in our calendar listing. (Oregon/California)

SUMMER CONCERTS AT HIAWATHA: 6:30 tonight, Radio Raheem, with peppy, funky, ’80s-inspired pop, as previewed here. Free – bring your own chair/blanket to the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center for this week’s show in the Admiral Neighborhood Association-presented concert series. (2700 block of Walnut)

WINE CLUB: Wine and music every second Thursday at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) – details in our calendar listing. (5612 California SW)

‘YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN’: Support youth performers by checking out this production at ArtsWest in The Junction, 7:30 pm – details in our calendar listing. (4711 California SW)

LOTS MORE GOING ON … just browse our calendar to see!

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Four options for the rest of your West Seattle Wednesday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/four-options-for-the-rest-of-your-west-seattle-wednesday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/four-options-for-the-rest-of-your-west-seattle-wednesday/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:30:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282386

(Tidepool photo by Laura Goodrich, shared via the WSB Flickr group)
From puppets to produce, and beyond, four calendar highlights for today/tonight:

PUPPET SHOW: “Jack Chapeau Meets the Gill Man,” presented by Oregon Shadow Theatre, 2 pm at Southwest Library, free! Details in our calendar listing. (35th/Henderson)

HIGH POINT MARKET GARDEN: Sixth of 12 Wednesdays this summer/fall when you can stop by the High Point Market Garden Farm Stand 4-7 pm to buy organic produce grown by local gardeners, steps away. (32nd/Juneau)

KARAOKE FOR THE CAUSE: Emeritus-Admiral Heights invites seniors from all around the West Seattle community to help it raise money for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. First event is at 5 pm tonight – Karaoke for the Cause. Details in our calendar listing. (2326 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)

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