West Seattle, Washington
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar (where you’ll find even more of what’s going on today/tonight/beyond):
AVALON SUBSTATION @ LANDMARKS BOARD: As announced in May, the city Landmarks Board will consider the former Avalon Substation building at its City Hall meeting today, 3:30 pm. The review is part of the process through which Seattle City Light is seeking to demolish the building as part of a site cleanup. Public comment welcome. (600 4th Avenue)
WEST SEATTLE LITTLE LEAGUE TEAM IN CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: From Kathy Powers:
The WSLL 10/11 year old All Star team has made it to the District 7 championship game!
Come cheer them on (tonight) at Pacwest in SeaTac. Game time is 6 pm. Wear your red to support the team. See you there!
(14653 16th Ave S, SeaTac)
DANCE! 6-8 pm, monthly evening Dance Time with Lauren Petrie at the Senior Center of West Seattle. Details here. (4217 SW Oregon)
SOUTHWEST DISTRICT COUNCIL: As previewed on Tuesday, the SWDC **does** have a July meeting, and all are welcome. Topics include the Port, paving, and noise. 6:30 pm at the Sisson Building/Senior Center. (4217 SW Oregon)
JIM PAGE: Singer-songwriter performing at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
PISTOL SISTERS AND MANNEQUIN BBQ: Performing at 8 pm at Parliament Tavern. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
Plus … our daily aquatics check:
WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARK: Open today – Lincoln Park wading pool, until 8 pm; Highland Park spraypark, until 8 pm; Hiawatha wading pool, noon-6:30 pm; EC Hughes wading pool, noon-7 pm. (Addresses are here)
And an advance alert:
COLMAN POOL CLOSURES … While the outdoor saltwater pool on the shore at Lincoln Park is open **today** as regularly scheduled, it will be closed to the public the next three days for swim meets, July 6-8 (also July 14-15).
(Black-capped chickadee, photographed in Gatewood by Jeremiah Holt)
On the day before Independence Day, here’s what’s going on:
WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARK: Open today are – Highland Park spraypark, 11 am-8 pm; Lincoln Park wading pool, 11 am-8 pm; Delridge wading pool, 12 pm-6:30 pm. (Addresses are here)
GAME-BUILDING SERIES: For ages 10-14 – create a mobile game! 2 pm at High Point Library. Preregistration required – check with the library to see if there’s still room. (35th SW/SW Raymond)
FREE CONCERT IN THE PARK: “Music Under the Stars” includes a chamber ensemble performing live at Delridge Community Center park at 7:30 pm followed by a live audio broadcast from Benaroya Hall at 8 pm, as previewed here. (Delridge Way SW/SW Genesee)
Looking for West Seattle 4th of July info? Find it here!
Day 2 of what is for many a four-day weekend – here are some of the ways you can enjoy it:
GREAT AMERICAN DINER SOFT OPEN: The proprietors of Great American Diner and Bar tell us this will be the second day of their “soft open” in The Junction, starting with breakfast/brunch at 7 am. Their official “grand opening” announcement is expected soon. (4752 California SW)
BEACH VOLLEYBALL: Today on the beach, it’s the Alki Volleyball Association‘s Firecracker Classic juniors’ tournament, 9 am-6 pm. (2400 Alki SW)
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: If this isn’t the peak of summer produce, it’s close to it. And of course the market has more than produce – there’s also meat, cheese, eggs, baked goods, beverages … 10 am-2 pm in the street in The Junction. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)
TODAY’S WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARK: Lincoln Park wading pool is open 11 am-8 pm, Highland Park spraypark is open 11 am-8 pm, and Delridge wading pool is open noon-6:30 pm. (Find addresses here)
CAMP SECOND CHANCE BENEFIT CONCERT: Noon-6 pm, you’re invited to the sanctioned encampment Camp Second Chance for a benefit blues concert and potluck. Admission is free but they’re collecting donations to raise money so they can cover what the city funding doesn’t cover – particularly, tiny houses to replace tents. (9701 Myers Way S.)
ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: Free tours of the historic lighthouse at Alki Point with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, 1-4 pm – get there by 3:40 pm. (3201 Alki SW)
CAMP SECOND CHANCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE: The community advisory committee monitoring CSC is scheduled to meet today at Arrowhead Gardens, 2 pm. (9200 2nd SW)
Looking ahead to the 4th of July? Our West Seattle guide is here!
(Alki Point Lighthouse, photographed by David Hutchinson. You can tour the lighthouse today – see below!)
A bit quieter than most summer Saturdays, with the holiday approaching, but still no shortage of things to do:
BEACH VOLLEYBALL: The Alki Volleyball Association‘s Firecracker Classic adult tournament is what’s happening at the courts on the beach today, 9 am-6 pm. (2400 Alki SW)
FOREST RESTORATION WORK PARTY: 10 am at Westcrest Park – full details here. Meet at “southeast side of the south parking lot, next to the horse barn.” (9000 8th SW)
TODAY’S WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARK: Lincoln Park wading pool is open 11 am-8 pm, Highland Park spraypark is open 11 am-8 pm, Delridge wading pool is open noon-6:30 pm, Hiawatha wading pool is open noon-6:30 pm. (Find addresses here)
MINI-DONKEYS AT OUNCES: Noon-3 pm, “come pet some mini-donkeys at Ounces and help raise funds for the Lords Hill Farm Donkey Rescue program.” (3809 Delridge Way SW)
CROSS-SOUND SWIM TO ALKI: Swimmer Melissa Blaustein of San Francisco is scheduled to swim from Bremerton at 12:30 pm to Alki Point, where she would arrive in the vicinity of 5 pm, according to local distance swimmer Andrew Malinak. Watch for updates this afternoon.
TOUR ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE: 1-4 pm, but get there by 3:40 pm. Tour the historic lighthouse with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. (3201 Alki SW)
SALSA ON ALKI: 5 pm lesson, 6 pm dancing. Live music by Cambalache. Pricing and other details in our calendar listing. (2719 Alki SW)
TASTE OF SUMMER: 5 pm-11 pm at Ounces, “live music from local folk musician Jim Hoehn, specialty summer beer samplers, prizes, local WS food truck Byte Teriyaki.” (3809 Delridge Way SW)
PICKWICK: Live in-store at Easy Street Records at 7 pm, performing songs from their upcoming release. Free. All ages. (California SW/SW Alaska)
ANNIE O’NEILL AND AMY DENIO: 9 pm at Whisky West. No cover. 21+. (6451 California SW)
TRIBUTE BANDS: 9 pm at The Skylark, Idiots Rule (Jane’s Addiction tribute) and Urban Achievers (Led Zeppelin tribute). $8 cover. 21+. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
THREE BANDS: 9 pm at Parliament Tavern – see the bill here. $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
WHAT ELSE IS UP? See for yourself on our complete-calendar page.
Before we get to what’s happening, here’s what’s NOT happening:
SOUTHWEST POOL CLOSED DUE TO POWER OUTAGE: No swimming at Southwest Pool until the power’s back on. The building is out because of a problem City Light attributes to “bird/animal.” (2801 SW Thistle)
11 AM UPDATE: City Light says power’s back on! Here’s the SW Pool schedule.
But our highlight list does offer other aquatic options:
WADING POOLS & SPRAYPARK: Lincoln Park wading pool is open 11 am-8 pm; EC Hughes wading pool is open noon-7 pm; Hiawatha wading pool is open noon-6:30 pm; Highland Park spraypark is open 11 am-8 pm. (Find addresses here)
COLMAN POOL: The city’s outdoor saltwater swimming pool is open today noon-7 pm on the shore at Lincoln Park – walk or ride in from either end of the park waterfront. (Here’s the schedule)
LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: Go visit the home of West Seattle’s history! Noon-4 pm. (61st SW/SW Stevens)
WINE: Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor) is open 5 pm-9 pm and offering a deal: “2016 Perseverance Viognier and the 2016 PORCH Rosé of Syrah. 10% off 6 bottles or more.” (5910 California SW)
MORE WINE: Welcome Road Winery (WSB sponsor) is open 5 pm-8 pm, patio and tasting room. (3804 California SW)
MOVIES IN THE PARK: First of four this summer at the “park” space on the south side of West Seattle Church of the Nazarene. Not only is the movie free, so are popcorn, hot dogs, and soda. “Moana” is tonight’s movie – starts 9-ish. (42nd SW/SW Juneau)
THE BRUISED HEARTS REVUE: Album-release party with guests, 9 pm at Parliament Tavern. $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
WHAT ELSE? Lots more – just check our complete-calendar page.
Highlights for the rest of your Thursday:
FAMILY STORY TIME: 10:30 am at Southwest Library. (35th SW/SW Henderson)
WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARKS OPEN TODAY: 11 am-8 pm, Lincoln Park wading pool. 11 am-8 pm, Highland Park spraypark. Noon-6:30 pm, Hiawatha wading pool. Noon-7 pm, EC Hughes wading pool. (Addresses are here)
BEER JUNCTION ANNIVERSARY: 7th anniversary beer release today at The Beer Junction, 11 amm – details on TBJ’s website. (4511 California SW)
HALA REZONING HEARING: If you have something to say about the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda‘s Mandatory Housing Affordability rezoning proposal, now in Draft Environmental Impact Statement stage, tonight’s the big event at City Hall, first-floor Bertha Knight Landes Room – 5:30 pm “open house” with one-on-one Q&A, and sign up to speak at the public hearing, which begins at 6:30 pm. (600 5th Ave.)
HOT ROD: 8 pm at Parliament Tavern. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
THAT’S NOT ALL … see our complete calendar for today’s full list.
This sign has been up in Katie‘s yard in Fauntlee Hills since April 22nd:
You have probably seen that sign – or something similar – in more than a few yards. This one was undisturbed until last night, when, Katie says, somebody taped this scrawled screed over it, making accusations against the Black Lives Matter movement. Katie says:
We were disappointed to discover that our property was defaced last night. Our yard sign which displays OUR values was defaced. Apparently this person felt that their right to free speech was somehow more important than mine. While we feel that the alternative view lacks empathy and the ability to see a bigger picture, we invite this person to simply place a sign reflecting their beliefs in their own yard, instead of covering mine.
They checked their security video and discovered this snippet from about 11 pm:
Katie says they do not recognize the person in the video, and adds, “I notified the hate/bias crimes unit of SPD. SPD encouraged me to file a police report if it happens again.”
(Spotted towhee, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
No midweek malaise here. Lots to do:
DINE-OUT FUNDRAISER FOR HIGHLAND PARK ELEMENTARY: The HPE playground project will get half the proceeds if you eat at Chipotle today and tell them it’s for Highland Park Elementary. (4730 California SW)
WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARKS: Three local wading pools are open today – Lincoln Park is open 11 am-8 pm; it’s the first day for EC Hughes, noon-7 pm, and the first day for Hiawatha, noon-6:30 pm. The Highland Park Spraypark is open 11 am-8 pm. (Addresses are all here)
PEACE IN THE HOOD: Go see youth basketball! Tournament presented by Southwest Youth and Family Services at Steve Cox Memorial Park in White Center, starting at 3 pm. (1321 SW 102nd)
SEATTLE SCHOOL BOARD: As previewed here on Tuesday, several issues of interest are on the School Board’s agenda. They’re starting with a “work session” at 4:15 pm, district HQ in SODO. (3rd Avenue S./S. Lander)
BOOK SIGNING & IN-STORE CONCERT: Easy Street Records in The Junction hosts Gillian G. Gaar’s “Sgt. Pepper at 50” book signing at 6:30 pm, followed by Beatles tribute band Creme Tangerine at 7:30. Free, all ages. (California/Alaska)
HIGHLAND PARK ACTION COMMITTEE: The Highland Park Way roundabout, the HALA MHA DEIS, and more are on the agenda for tonight’s HPAC meeting. 7 pm at Highland Park Improvement Club – all welcome. (1116 SW Holden)
POEMS AND STORIES AT C&P: The monthly Poetrybridge event is at 7 pm tonight at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), featuring Katherine Grace-Bond and Lew Jones, plus a community microphone. (5612 California SW)
JOE ROSS AND THE BIRD-WATCHERS: 8 pm at Parliament Tavern, New Orleans jazz and honkytonk. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
SO MUCH MORE! Check our complete-calendar page for the full list.
(Pigeon guillemot – photographed by Mark Wangerin)
Happy Tuesday! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar for the rest of today/tonight:
FREE LUNCH AT THE LIBRARY: 12:30 pm at Delridge (5423 Delridge Way SW) and High Point (35th SW/SW Raymond) Libraries, free lunch for kids/youth, as part of summer programs to be sure they don’t go hungry when school’s out. (Watch for more information later today on WSB about summer food programs around the area.)
DISASTER SKILLS WORKSHOP: Be prepared! 6-8 pm, city-presented disaster-skills workshop at High Point Community Center. Free! Pre-registration required – sign up here ASAP. (6920 34th SW)
ADMIRAL THEATER BENEFIT: The project to restore its historic murals will benefit from tonight’s showing of “Legends of the Road,” which tells the story of Chief Sealth (pre-International) High School students’ 5,100-mile bicycle/baseball trip in honor of the historic “barnstorming” by Negro Leagues baseball players in the first half of the 20th century. 5:30 pm $100 VIP ticket for pre-movie mingling, 6:45 pm $20 ticket for the movie and Q&A afterward. Negro Leagues Baseball Museum president Bob Kendrick is here to introduce the screening – and here’s his video invitation courtesy of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society:
Here’s our Monday report on a conversation with Bob and former Chief Sealth teacher Gary Thomsen, whose students did the research and road trip. Tickets available at the door and online. (2343 California SW)
BLOCK WATCH CAPTAINS NETWORK: 6:30 pm at Southwest Precinct, the last meeting until fall for the West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network. Along with neighborhood crime-trend updates, you’ll find out about the revived SPD Community Service Officer program. All welcome – you don’t have to be a BW captain or even member. (2300 SW Webster)
BUSHWICK BOOK CLUB: Live music at Parliament Tavern, starting at 8 pm. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
LOTS MORE … for today, tonight, and beyond – on our complete-calendar page!
Highlights for the rest of your West Seattle Monday:
LOW-LOW TIDE: Not quite as low as the weekend’s low-low tides, but still very low, at -3.1 feet at 1:12 pm, with Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists out at Constellation and Lincoln Parks from 11 am to 3 pm.
COLMAN POOL: Noon-7 pm, the outdoor saltwater pool on the shore at Lincoln Park is open – here’s the schedule. Access via foot/bicycle.
ALL-AGES QUIZ: 7:30 pm Mondays at The Skylark, all-ages quiz, with prizes. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
(Blood star, photographed by Peter Commons during Saturday’s low-low tide)
The hottest temperatures so far this year are expected today – lots of ways to get outdoors, but bring hats, water, etc.! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Final day of the Pacific Northwest Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships at Southwest Athletic Complex. 8:30 am-3 pm; see the schedule here. (2801 SW Thistle)
WEST SEATTLE GARDEN TOUR: Today’s the day! 9 am-5 pm, tour a dozen gardens. Self-guided but you need the $25 ticket book to get the map, locations, and admission to any and all gardens. If you haven’t bought one in advance, they’re available 8-11 am at Metropolitan Market (41st/42nd/Admiral Way; WSB sponsor) and starting at 9 am at West Seattle Nursery (California/Brandon).
HIGH-SCHOOL BASKETBALL: The West Seattle Summer Showdown wraps up at the WSHS Gym with 9 am games. (3000 California SW)
KIM O’DONNEL COOKS @ WSFM: 11 am-12:30 pm, best-selling cookbook author (and West Seattleite) Kim O’Donnel cooks at the West Seattle Farmers’ Market – recipes are from her newest book PNW Veg, which you can buy nearby at Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor). More info here. (California between Alaska and Oregon)
WADING POOL & SPRAYPARK: Keep the little ones cool at Lincoln Park Wading Pool (8011 Fauntleroy SW) and/or Highland Park Spraypark (1100 SW Cloverdale), both open today 11 am- 8 pm.
LOW-LOW TIDE: Again today, the tide will be all the way out to -3.6 feet (at 12:25 pm). Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists are back at Constellation and Lincoln Parks, too, 10:30 am-2:30 pm.
FREE BOOK SWAP: 1 pm-3 pm at Highland Park Improvement Club, free book swap – drop off books for any ages, after noon. Part of the campaign to save Reading Partners tutoring at Highland Park Elementary. (1116 SW Holden)
ALKI LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: 1 pm-4 pm (last group at 3:40 pm), tour the historic Alki Point Lighthouse, free, with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. (3201 Alki SW)
MODE MUSIC STUDIOS OPEN-MIC FUNDRAISER @ SKYLARK: It’s the fifth month of the Get On Stage/Get Involved open-microphone session/fundraiser presented by Mode Music Studios (WSB sponsor) next door at The Skylark, starting with signups at 3 pm, performances at 4 pm. This month’s beneficiary is Mary’s Place, which helps families experiencing homelessness. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
SILVER LINING BAND: Live music at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm. (5612 California SW)
MONTY BANKS WITH THE DRIFTWOOD TRIO: “A mix of Rat Pack swing, traditional jazz and New Orleans R&B” at Parliament Tavern, starting at 7 pm. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
And if you’re headed off-peninsula …
Lots of ways to enjoy the warm sunshine during this first weekend of summer!
(added) PACIFIC NW JUNIOR OLYMPIC TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2nd of 3 days at Southwest Athletic Complex, with competition scheduled 8:30 am-4:20 pm. Scroll down this form for the schedule. (2801 SW Thistle)
MORGAN JUNCTION LITTER CLEANUP: Meet at 9 am by the ATM in the New Teriyaki & Wok/Domino’s parking lot. All ages welcome. Cleanup scheduled to continue until 10:30 am. (6540 California SW)
WEST DUWAMISH GREENBELT HIKE: 9 am guided hike – details here. Meet in Riverview parking lot. (12th SW/SW Myrtle)
WEST SEATTLE LINUX USERS’ GROUP: 9 am-10:30 am, every-two-weeks meetup at Fauntleroy YMCA. (9140 California SW)
FREE TAI CHI ON ALKI: 9 am, by Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza. All welcome. Taught by Lao-Shi Caylen Storm. (61st SW/Alki SW)
CLEAN UP ALKI WITH SEAL SITTERS: 9:30 am-noon, it’s the “Sentinels of the Sound” cleanup to help protect wildlife from beach litter. Meet at Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza. (61st SW/Alki SW)
LOWER FAUNTLEROY TREE WALK: Join Tree Ambassador Al Rouyer, 10 am-noon. Meet at the Fauntleroy Creek fish-ladder overlook. Details here. (Upper Fauntleroy Way/SW Director)
LINCOLN PARK WADING POOL OPENS: 11 am-8 pm, first day of the season for West Seattle’s 7-day-a-week (provided temps are 70+) wading pool, by the play area in north upper Lincoln Park. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)
(added) HIGHLAND PARK SPRAYPARK OPENS: Seattle Parks just confirmed this morning that Highland Park Spraypark WILL open today as announced, though not at 100 percent, and although work at the park around it isn’t entirely done yet. 11 am-8 pm. (1100 SW Cloverdale)
FIELD DAY: At the south end of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus, it’s all about amateur (ham) radio for 24 hours:
Two local groups — the Seattle Auxiliary Communications Service, and the Puget Sound Repeater Group — will be joining up again this year and conducting operations from 11 AM Saturday June 24 continuously through 11 AM Sunday June 25. The public is invited to come see the event, learn about amateur radio and emergency communications, and even try their hand at making contact with another radio operator — perhaps in a remote part of the world!
Just stop by! (6000 16th SW)
LOW-LOW TIDE: At 11:38 am, the tide bottoms out at an EXTREMELY low point: -3.6 feet. Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists will be at Constellation and Lincoln Parks 10 am-2 pm if you have questions. (Look for the signs)
COLMAN POOL SEASON CONTINUES: Noon to 7 pm, the outdoor, heated saltwater pool on the shore at Lincoln Park is open. Here’s the schedule. (Walk or bike from either end of the park)
NO ALKI LIGHTHOUSE TOURS TODAY: Saturday tours are canceled again this week, but you’ll be able to tour tomorrow.
KITE FESTIVAL: The Seattle Chinese Garden at the north end of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus invites you to today’s annual Kite Festival, 2-6 pm. Bring your own kite or buy one there. 3 pm martial-arts performance. Suggested admission donation $3 for adults, youth free. Details here. (6000 16th SW)
URBAN HOMESTEAD FOUNDATION BLOCK PARTY: 3-5 pm at the future Dakota Homestead property, the Urban Homestead Foundation invites you to “bring a dish to share, meet your neighbors and learn more about the exciting progress our community is making in purchasing this land. We’ll have activities for kids and urban agriculture information for adults.” (50th SW/SW Dakota)
LIVE MUSIC AT SALTY’S: Harrison B performs at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor), 5-9 pm. (1936 Harbor SW)
LIVE MUSIC AT WHISKY WEST: Triangular Jazztet, 9-11 pm at Whisky West, no cover. 21+. (6451 California SW)
LIVE MUSIC AT PARLIAMENT TAVERN: “A psychedelic liquid light show” with Infinite Flux, Sower, & Sabertooth at Parliament Tavern, 9 pm. $8 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
LIVE MUSIC AT THE SKYLARK: Skullbot, Green River Thrillers, and The Grindylow, 9 pm. $7 cover. 21+. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
WITH ALL THAT, THERE’S *STILL* MORE … check our complete-calendar page.
Summer is really here! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
LOW-LOW TIDE WITH BEACH NATURALISTS: Until 1 pm, Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists are back at Lincoln and Constellation Parks to assist while you explore at a very low tide: -3.2 feet at 10:52 am.
BLOOD DRIVE: Peace Lutheran Church in Gatewood is hosting a blood drive today, 1-7 pm, with a break 3-4 pm. If you don’t have an appointment, check to see if walk-up spots are available. (39th SW/SW Thistle)
COUNCILMEMBER HERBOLD’S DISTRICT OFFICE HOURS: 2-5:30 pm today, City Councilmember Lisa Herbold is at the South Park Community Center for in-district office hours – drop-ins welcome. (8319 8th Ave. S.)
WEST SEATTLE SUMMER SHOWDOWN ’17: High-school boys’ basketball at West Seattle High School, all weekend, starting at 4:30 pm today – local team Seattle Lutheran plays Puyallup at 7:30 pm. (3000 California SW)
THE ALOHA SHREDDERS: Father and son duo perform at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
(updated) ‘RAW, RUSTIC VERSE’: Live music at Parliament Tavern with The Spoils, and The Demon Rind, 9 pm. $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
And a note in case you hear them:
FIREWORKS TONIGHT … after the Mariners’ game at Safeco Field. Sometimes the sound carries across the bay.
6:59 AM: The first weekend of summer is almost here. No incidents in/from our area so far.
SCHOOL’S ALMOST OUT: Today is the final full day of school for Seattle Public Schools; Monday is the last day of classes, with one-hour early dismissal.
WEEKEND EVENTS: Here’s the SDOT roundup of what’s happening around the city.
FERRY SCHEDULE CHANGE: Washington State Ferries‘ summer schedule starts Sunday.
WEATHER ADVISORY: You’ve heard it’s going to get hot this weekend. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for noon Saturday to 9 pm Sunday – with highs potentially into the 90s.
(Newly fledged female downy woodpecker, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
LOW-LOW TIDE, WITH BEACH NATURALISTS: Another round of low-low tides starts today, and Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists will be out at Constellation and Lincoln Parks 9 am-noon today. (Low tide is -2.4 feet at 10:06 am)
MAYORAL FORUM: The West Seattle Democratic Women are hosting a mayoral-candidates forum at 11:45 am at West Seattle Golf Course. Details in our calendar listing, including reservation information. (4470 35th SW)
COLMAN POOL REOPENS: Seattle Parks says the pool’s mechanical problem is fixed and the saltwater pool on the shore at Lincoln Park is ready to reopen – that means today is the belated start of its 7-day-a-week schedule for summer, noon-7 pm.
RESTAURANT SUCCESS ORIENTATION: 3-4:30 pm at Delridge Library, “learn about resources available for restaurant and mobile food business owners.” (5423 Delridge Way SW)
WEST SEATTLE LIGHT RAIL – WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SEE? Before the official Sound Transit work on the West Seattle light-rail line starts later this year, bring your thoughts on routing and stations to the West Seattle Transportation Coalition‘s community-led workshop tonight. 6-9 pm at The Hall at Fauntleroy. (9140 California SW)
VESSELS AND WHALES: Presented by The Whale Trail at the Dakota Place Park Building, 7 pm – learn about the ECHO Program, working to reduce the impact of vessels on whales in our region’s waters. Full details here, including how to check if tickets remain for tonight’s talk. (California SW/SW Dakota)
ACOUSTIC SINGER-SONGWRITERS: 8 pm at Parliament Tavern, William Hall, Amanda Navares and Below Blackstar perform. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
THERE’S MORE … just check our complete-calendar page.
(Band-tailed pigeon, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
For the first full day of summer, here are the highlights, most from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
WATER TAXI PIER 50 OPEN HOUSE: 3:30 pm-6:30 pm, look for the Water Taxi tent at Pier 50 to find out more about the changes coming later this summer when the Colman Dock project moves into construction mode – a temporary service interruption followed by longer-term (but not permanent) dock-location and schedule changes. (See our previous report for more backstory.)
END-OF-SCHOOL-YEAR PARTY: Though the last day of school isn’t until Monday (for Seattle Public Schools, anyway), you can celebrate early at Delridge Community Center, 4-6 pm. Details here. (4501 Delridge Way SW)
POP-UP CLOTHING GIVEAWAY: The West Seattle Helpline‘s Clothesline has another pop-up event at High Point Library, 4:30-5:45 pm, with free clothing for anyone in need, no questions asked. (35th SW/SW Raymond)
CHIEF SEALTH INTERNATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION: First of two graduation ceremonies tonight at Southwest Athletic Complex. 5 pm. (2801 SW Thistle)
COMMUNITY GENERAL STORE SOLSTICE PARTY: 5-8 pm, stop by the Community General Store and celebrate the first full day of summer on the patio. “We’ll celebrate with music, food, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, and outdoor fun.” (5214 Delridge Way SW)
WEST SEATTLE NEIGHBORHOOD GREENWAY DROP-IN EVENT: 5:30-7 pm at Southwest Library, find out more about the “most promising route” for the future greenway, and share your feedback. Also be sure to answer the online survey. Here’s our original report. (9010 35th SW)
ORCA HALF REGISTRATION + YOGA: Tonight’s group run at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), 6:15 pm, includes your chance to register for the September 24th Orca Half and a yoga session. (2743 California SW)
DELRIDGE NEIGHBORHOODS DISTRICT COUNCIL: 7 pm at Neighborhood House High Point. We’ll add agenda highlights later if/when we get them. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)
WEST SEATTLE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION: Second of two graduation ceremonies tonight at Southwest Athletic Complex. 8 pm. (2801 SW Thistle)
DEADGRASS: Grateful Dead meets bluegrass, 8-11 pm at Parliament Tavern. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
THE FUTURE AWAITS … look ahead days, weeks, months via our complete-calendar page.
(Parent and fledgling black-capped chickadees, photographed by Danny McMillin)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar for the rest of today and tonight:
OFFICE JUNCTION FAREWELL PARTY: Former proprietors Christine and Stefan – the space is now under new ownership and a new name, West Seattle Coworking – invite friends and collaborators to their farewell party, 6:30-9:30 pm. (6040 California SW)
WEST SEATTLE CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL: Bring your neighborhood crime/safety concerns to local police at the monthly WSCPC meeting at the Southwest Precinct. This month’s guest is scheduled to be SPD Gang Unit commander Lt. Marc Garth-Green. 7 pm, all welcome. (2300 SW Webster)
UNPLUGGED – A MUSICAL GATHERING: At C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), “an informal venue in a cozy coffeehouse for acoustic instrumentalists and singers of all stripes.” 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
SOUTH SOUND TUG AND BARGE: 8-11 pm at Parliament Tavern, “unbridled bluegrass, Irish and folk tunes with a side of punk.” (4210 SW Admiral Way)
SOLSTICE SUNSET WATCH, WITH ECLIPSE INFO: West Seattle’s NASA Solar System Ambassador Alice Enevoldsen will be at Solstice Park tonight for her 33rd solstice/equinox sunset watch, even if it’s cloudy. It’s also her last scheduled event before August’s solar eclipse, so she’ll be talking about eclipse-viewing, too! 8:45 pm (sunset at 9, and the actual solstice moment is less than half an hour later) – full details on her website. (7400 Fauntleroy Way SW)
(Looking eastward over Alki Point, to Schmitz Park and beyond – photographed Friday by Long Bach Nguyen)
Looking ahead to the rest of today/tonight:
WEST SEATTLE LITTLE LEAGUE: Not in West Seattle, but not far – the WSLL Majors champs, the Red Sox, play tonight in a regional championship game at Rainier Playfield, 6:15 pm, and you’re invited to go cheer them on. (3700 South Alaska)
MADISON MS CONCERT: The Madison Middle School Band performs its spring concert tonight at 7 pm. (45th SW/SW Spokane)
LOOK INTO THE FUTURE … via our complete calendar!
(Female Rufous Hummingbird, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
The official start of summer is three days away, but today’s events truly kick off the West Seattle summer season:
RELAY FOR LIFE CLOSING CEREMONY: 7:30 am at Hiawatha, it’s the end of this year’s Relay for Life-West Seattle all-night cancer-fighting fundraiser. (2700 California SW)
GATEWOOD ELEMENTARY PAINTING PARTY: 9 am-noon, it’s prep time, and 12:30 pm-3 pm it’s painting and cleanup time, as previewed here – show up at either or both of those times if you can help! (4320 SW Myrtle)
ADMIRAL ADOPT-A-STREET: 9 am-noon, all volunteers welcome at the quarterly Admiral Neighborhood Association cleanup – meet at Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor), where pre- and post-cleanup treats will be provided. (42nd/Admiral)
WEST DUWAMISH GREENBELT TRAILS WORK PARTY CANCELED: FYI, in case it was on your list.
WEST SEATTLE NEIGHBORHOOD GREENWAY FEEDBACK: Last weekend, we reported that SDOT had gone public with the “most promising route” for the next West Seattle “greenway.” This morning, 10 am-11:30 am at Uptown Espresso in The Junction, you can bring questions and comments to SDOT at a drop-in event. (California/Edmunds/Erskine)
MORGAN JUNCTION COMMUNITY FESTIVAL: 10 am-5 pm in Morgan Junction Park, plus behind Zeeks Pizza (WSB sponsor)/Whisky West, and inbetween, it’s the Morgan Community Association-presented festival, with entertainment, food, kids’ activities, and vendors/community organizations. Just one of many highlights: The Bubbleman at 10:30 am. Festival co-sponsors include WSB. Lots of info in our most-recent preview. (West side of California, north of Fauntleroy Way)
WESTWOOD VILLAGE STREET FAIR: 10 am-6 pm at Westwood Village, with Wyatt’s Jewelers (WSB sponsor) promising giveaways including free polishing cloths, ring pops, and superhero bling! Plus, the fair offers local artists and businesses, four bands, dance teams, kids’ crafts, face painting, balloons, a pet-costume contest, inflatable bouncy toys, and the always-popular train. Plus superhero visits. (2600 SW Barton)
And right across the street …
ROXHILL BOG TOURS: 11 am-3 pm, everyone’s invited to join Roxhill Elementary students at Roxhill Bog for tours, lunch, mariachi, and more, as noted at the end of this WSB report earlier this week. (29th/Barton)
NO ALKI LIGHTHOUSE TOURS TODAY: But they’ll resume on Sunday.
ART OPENING AT DELRIDGE COMMUNITY CENTER PARK: Opening of “Passing By,” work by local artist Kalina Chung that “utilizes a mint color that is representative of Cottage Grove Court, an iconic housing complex in the Delridge community. The artwork interacts with this growing city and the effects on neighborhoods, creating a conversation on gentrified-affected architecture.” 3-6 pm in the field at the community center’s park. (4501 Delridge Way SW)
(added) BLOCK PARTY: 5-10 pm on 23rd Ave SW. From Diana: “Neighbors, bring your favorite chair, dish, and beverage! Road will be closed during duration from 6368/6369 to 6512 23rd Ave SW (Access by residents and emergency services only!).”
ROO FORREST AND FRIENDS: Originals and covers, live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
SUE QUIGLEY CD RELEASE: Local musician’s 4th CD! Live at Whisky West, 8 pm. 21+. (6451 California SW)
BUCKETS OF RAIN: Live at Parliament Tavern, 9 am-midnight. $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
Five highlights for tonight:
RELAY FOR LIFE-WEST SEATTLE: The annual overnight relay to raise money to fight cancer is happening at Hiawatha Playfield this year, and it starts at 6 tonight. You’re invited to stop by for events including the survivors’ lap (6:30 pm) and luminarias (10 pm). It continues until the closing ceremony at 7:30 am Saturday. (2700 California SW)
MOVIE NIGHT AT HPIC: Doors open at 6 at Highland Park Improvement Club, short at 6:15, main feature – “Sing!” – at 7. Free, but bring money for concessions. (1116 SW Holden)
BOBCAT BOB: Guitarist and song stylist Bob “Bobcat Bob” Rice performs at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
FREAKS FOR THE FESTIVAL – THE RAHSAAN ROLAND KIRK JAZZ PARTY: 9 pm at Parliament Tavern, “a celebration of life with music, poetry, and art.” $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
COMEDY SHOWCASE: 9 pm (doors @ 8) at The Skylark. $10. 21+. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
PREVIEW YOUR WEEKEND … on our complete-calendar page!
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar for today/tonight:
CHEF-IN-RESIDENCE: Best-selling cookbook author Kim O’Donnel is the new West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) chef in residence and starting this week, on Growing Washington CSA produce pickup day at the Y, she’ll “be cooking from a farm box, Iron Chef style, around 4:30 pm … Public invited – not required to be signed up for farm box to stop by and have a taste of what I’ve cooked up.” (36th SW/SW Snoqualmie)
SEE, DISCUSS THE DESIGN FOR DELRIDGE WETLANDS: You’re invited to Youngstown Cultural Arts Center 6-9 pm tonight for an open house focused on the proposed design for the Delridge Wetlands project. See it and comment on it! In the South Classroom. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
WEST SEATTLE HIGH SCHOOL CONCERT: The photo above is from the end of West Seattle High School Jazz Band‘s recent trip to New York City – the recording session that concluded the trip. The jazz musicians and other WSHS ensembles will perform for you tonight at 7 pm in their end-of-school-year concert. Free. (3000 California SW)
ALKI COMMUNITY COUNCIL: 7 pm at Alki UCC. Topics include an SPD update, a noise survey, and the ongoing Your Voice/Your Choice park/street project vote. (6115 SW Hinds)
BELLY DANCING: The monthly Alauda showcase at The Skylark is at 7:30 tonight. Free, all ages. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
SETH ALEXANDER QUINTET AND BAD LUCK: 8-11 pm at Parliament Tavern, “modern original jazz.” No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
(Bald eagle, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
Highlights of what’s ahead today/tonight:
CAKE LINGERIE MATERNITY PARTY: 11 am-4 pm at the new Junction storefront of Nurturing Expressions (WSB sponsor), come see the new collections Cake Maternity has created for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Discounts and freebies, too. (4727 44th SW)
CITY COUNCIL INCOME-TAX HEARING: Downtown at City Hall, with 4:30 pm signups to speak, 5 pm hearing continuing until everyone’s been heard from:
City Council’s Finance Committee will host a public hearing this evening on the proposal for an income tax on high-income residents, co-sponsored by Councilmembers Lisa Herbold (District 1, West Seattle and South Park) and Kshama Sawant (District 3, Central Seattle). There will be a brief overview presentation of the legislation at the top of the meeting.
The proposal would pursue a more progressive form of taxation, placing a 2 percent tax on joint filers’ income over $500,000 and individual tax filers’ income over $250,000. The estimated $125 million in new annual revenue would allow the City to lower the burden associated with property taxes and other regressive taxes, replace federal funding potentially lost through President Trump’s budget cuts, enhance public services such as housing, education, transit, and create green jobs while meeting the City’s carbon reduction goals.
The council could vote as soon as next month. (601 5th Avenue)
MAYORAL FORUM @ 34TH DEMS: 7 pm tonight at The Hall at Fauntleroy, the 34th District Democrats expect at least half a dozen of the mayoral candidates to participate in their forum, which they say might be followed by an endorsement decision. (9131 California SW)
MADISON JAZZ CONCERT: 7 pm, Madison Middle School‘s jazz musicians present their spring concert. (45th SW/SW Spokane)
THE BILLY JOE SHOW: 9 pm at Parliament Tavern, “honky tonk for the soul with Billy Joe Huels of The Dusty 45s, featuring Robin Cady, Kohen Burrill, and guitar legend Rod Cook.” No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
Thanks to Claudio for the photo of the Breitling DC-3, which you might see flying over West Seattle again today – it’s stopping at Boeing Field today during its quest to become the oldest airplane to fly around the globe. Meantime, highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
MEDI-LEG DAY AT NURTURING EXPRESSIONS: 11 am-4 pm, stop by Nurturing Expressions (WSB sponsor) in The Junction for free leg-health screenings and to find out more about compression stockings, socks, sleeves, and garments. Giveaways and treats. At Nurturing Expressions’ new location, featured here on Monday. (4727 44th SW)
JUNCTION NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATION: 6:30 pm at the Senior Center/Sisson Building, JuNO meets, with the agenda including:
Jennifer Burbridge from the Seattle Police Department will be speaking about current crime prevention issues in our neighborhood. We will also receive an update from the JuNO Land Use Committee on the status of MHA/HALA. Additional discussion items on the agenda include:
Fauntleroy Boulevard Improvement – discussion with updates
Green Spaces in WS Junction – discussion and ideas for incorporating more public green spaces into the community
JuNO Community Engagement and Membership Drive Event – organizers and volunteers needed
JuNO Booth at WS Street Fair – ideas and volunteers needed
Junction Plaza Park cleanup – date proposals
All welcome. (4217 SW Oregon)
FAUNTLEROY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: 7 pm board meeting at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse, all welcome. (9141 California SW)
ADMIRAL NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: 7 pm meeting at The Sanctuary at Admiral, all welcome. (Added) Agenda info:
Help us kick off the summer and join us for our June meeting to discuss some of ANA’s biggest events of the year.
HALA Rezoning: ANA letter to the city
Summer Concert Series update & discussion
4th of July Parade sale staffing and coordination
(42nd SW/SW Lander)
BOOZERS! “Psychedelic jam” live at Parliament Tavern, starting at 8 pm. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)