As-it-happened coverage: Fauntleroy Fall Festival 2014 – fun in the sun (and indoors too)

October 19, 2014 at 2:24 pm | In Fauntleroy, West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | 9 Comments

(CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FESTIVAL SCHEDULE)

FIRST REPORT, 2:24 PM: In, and out, of the sun – the Fauntleroy Fall Festival is on!

Above, our quick Instagram clip showing some of the decorated cakes awaiting the Cake Walk – you are encouraged to admire them and vote:

Then join in the 3:15 pm walk (for which some not-as-ornate-but-yummy-looking-too cakes are available as well). The cakes are in the Emerald Room (downstairs) at The Hall at Fauntleroy in the historic Fauntleroy Schoolhouse. Other festival activities are in and around the schoolhouse (including a petting zoo on the west side):

… and Fauntleroy Church / YMCA across the street – look for the tent with pumpkin painting, birdhouse making, and more. Address here is 9131 and 9140 California SW, and the festival’s on until 5 – get here!

2:47 PM UPDATE: Lots of music at the festival – the Epitones Jazz Quartet at the schoolhouse right now:

Elsewhere on the festival grounds, Toni Reineke was in brass mode; you probably know her best for her leadership of what’s now the West Seattle Community Orchestras:

And a festival fave – the Endolyne Children’s Choir:

The official festival schedule shows you the full lineup – including the West Seattle Big Band at 3:45 in The Hall at Fauntleroy’s Emerald Room, inviting you to indulge in a little (or a lot of) swing dancing.

3:42 PM UPDATE: SFD’s Engine 37 is a hit:

It’s parked by the church. That’s also where you might meet royalty:

That’s West Seattle Hi-Yu Junior Court Queen Bianca Carufel.

4:23 PM UPDATE: The festival’s three-hour span goes by so fast – but many have come to enjoy the afternoon:

That includes the indoor crowd for the cakewalk we mentioned earlier:

In the cake-decorating contest, the winning entry was a double-entry by Carolyn Tucker:

In the first-timers’ category, Lindsay Morgan Tracy‘s Frankencake scared up the win:

Still more to show you … as the all-volunteer-produced festival goes into its final half-hour.

5:22 PM: Festival’s over, cleanup’s on. We’ll be adding more photos and video – caught the WS Big Band’s final number …

Some classic rock on the church-parking-lot stage with B Sharp Studio & the 5 Buck Band

and also some earnest last-minute birdhouse-making:

The festival was free for visitors, supported by community donations and sponsors like the Fauntleroy Community Association, which is now set up to accept online membership payments (if you’re a local resident/business/organization interested in joining) and festival donations – see the donation button here! (And see many more photos on the festival Facebook page, whose editor Irene Stewart was making the rounds of the festival grounds all afternoon long.)

P.S. Next Sunday afternoon, you’re invited back to Fauntleroy to help drum, sing, and chant to call the salmon home – 5 pm (October 26th) by the Fauntleroy Creek overlook, across from the ferry dock.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Dog park car prowl; burglary attempt

October 19, 2014 at 1:56 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news | 3 Comments

Two reader reports – first, from Amy:

My car was broken into yesterday @ 400-445 pm while my boyfriend and I were with our dogs at the Westcrest dog park. We noticed a suspicious vehicle nearby. Watched them park. But leave briefly after. They were driving a Tahoe dark charcoal gray with 22′ inch rims or bigger with blacked-out windows. Passengers were white males. They broke my back-side passenger window and stole my purse. They got away with some jewelry + prescriptions + makeup + Jean purse.

Second, someone tried to break into Annalisa‘s house on Friday:

We had an attempted break in at our house on 20th and Trenton. They did not get into the house, but they did crack our window and lean the window screen nicely back up against the house … It occurred between 3:45 and 7:15. They tried to break into our baby’s room, which is all the more frightening.

Meantime, your next chance to bring neighborhood crime/safety concerns/questions to Seattle Police is this Tuesday, when the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meets for the first time in a few months – 7 pm, Southwest Precinct (Delridge/Webster). No guest on the agenda, so the entire meeting is a chance to hear from and talk with police.

Highland Park hoedown! School hosting square dance

October 19, 2014 at 1:21 pm | In Fun stuff to do, Highland Park, West Seattle news | No Comments

It’s a pre-Halloween hoedown in Highland Park next Friday! From Holly with the HP Elementary PTA:

Highland Park Elementary is hosting a square dance on Friday, October 24th. This is a free event and open to the public. Dinner will be served from 6-7 and the dance will be from 7 – 9. Free pumpkins to take home, while supplies last! Donations will be accepted as a PTA fundraiser.

Highland Park Elementary is at 1012 SW Trenton.

West Seattle Halloween 2014: This year’s list is live!

October 19, 2014 at 10:31 am | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news | No Comments

Again this year, we’ve collected all the info we have about Halloween-related (and alternative) West Seattle events, and turned it into a one-page, by-category list of what’s happening over the next two weeks. Almost everything on it was already on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, but you might find this a more convenient way to find out what’s up. See it here. It’s linked from the WSB navigation tabs, too. If your business/ school/organization/neighborhood/etc. has a community Halloween happening that’s NOT on our list, please let us know so we can add it ASAP – editor@westseattleblog.com – we’ll be updating the page as the spooky season continues. Thanks!

Traffic-alert update: Alaskan Way Viaduct reopens early

October 19, 2014 at 8:47 am | In Alaskan Way Viaduct, West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 2 Comments

8:47 AM: We’ve confirmed by phone with a WSDOT spokesperson that the Alaskan Way Viaduct inspection work ended early, so they will NOT be closing Highway 99 between the West Seattle Bridge and Battery Street Tunnel again today after all. The closure from the tunnel north to Valley St. IS continuing, though, so if you’re using the NB Viaduct, you’ll have to exit at Western Avenue (if not sooner).

SUNDAY NIGHT NOTE: The northern closure ended early, too, so Highway 99 is fully open both ways.

West Seattle Sunday: Fauntleroy Fall Festival; Green Space Coalition; nature walk; wine, cheese, & opera; more…

October 19, 2014 at 7:02 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(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.

High-school football: Seattle Lutheran homecoming vs. Rainier Christian

October 19, 2014 at 5:58 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | No Comments

This weekend’s local high-school football wrapped up with Seattle Lutheran‘s homecoming game Saturday afternoon at West Seattle Stadium. Rainier Christian went home with a 44-6 victory, but the Saints had some bright spots. They rallied late in the game, with their sole touchdown from #10 Roberto Duenaz (top photo), who ran back a Rainier Christian kickoff in the third quarter for the TD.

Also in the second half, quarterback #3 Isaiah Dowding-Albrecht (photo above) ran well; #88 Josh Meyer (photo below) had an interception and critical pass reception that jumpstarted the Saints offense:

Otherwise, Rainier Christian had a solid ground game that saw them score in the first minute of the game. Late in the game, Lutheran found some holes in their defense, but it was not enough. Ahead, our photos of the Saints’ homecoming royalty, plus, what’s next in the season:

Click to read the rest of High-school football: Seattle Lutheran homecoming vs. Rainier Christian…

Signup time for West Seattle High School Cheerleaders’ next Mini Cheer Camp

October 18, 2014 at 10:32 pm | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 1 Comment

In just a few years, that little one we photographed last week with West Seattle High School cheerleaders will be old enough for their periodic Mini Cheer Camps. Next one, as announced by Melinda Fredricks, is coming up next month:

The WSHS Cheerleaders will be holding a Mini Cheer Camp Tuesday, November 11 in the West Seattle High School Gym from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

K-5th grade kids will have a great time learning fun cheers and making crafts with the Westside cheerleaders. Campers will receive a tee shirt, pom poms, official team hairbow, picture of themselves with the cheerleaders AND perform as an honorary West Seattle Cheerleader at an upcoming home basketball game!

The cost of this camp is $55. Registration paperwork and payment are due by November 3, 2014. Space is limited, so register early to ensure your spot.

Contact Melinda Fredricks at 206.940.6033 or melindafredricks@comcast.net if you have any questions.

Here’s the flyer with a few more details; here’s the registration form.

West Seattle weekend scene: Duwamish Alive!, Pigeon Point edition

October 18, 2014 at 6:33 pm | In Environment, How to help, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

From West Seattle to Tukwila, hundreds of volunteers teamed up today for another productive Duwamish Alive! multi-site work party. In the West Duwamish Greenbelt at Pigeon Point Park, Nature Consortium and EarthCorps led the way – volunteers we saw there included NC founder Nancy Whitlock:

The 100-plus people at work at this site alone also included Green River Community College students. And we even met Harriet the helpful Corgi:

Eleven sites were on the list for Duwamish Alive! today. Watch duwamishalive.org for word of next spring’s edition. And watch WSB for other opportunities to help with cleanups and planting parties around the community just about EVERY weekend (for example – North Delridge could use your help one week from today!).

West Seattle scene: Girl Scouts get going for the year

October 18, 2014 at 5:33 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle people | No Comments

Not only does fall bring a new school year, it also means re-start time for many groups and activities that generally follow the school calendar, with summertime breaks. Diana shared that photo of West Seattle’s Girl Scout Troop 44032 visiting The Admiral District, “kicking off the new Girl Scout season learning to paint at Mind Unwind Art studio on California. Mind Unwind partners with the community to get art back in schools.” More about that, here; more about Girl Scouting in our region, here.

Fauntleroy Fall Festival on Sunday! See what’s happening, when

October 18, 2014 at 2:02 pm | In Fauntleroy, West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | No Comments

The tent is up in the Fauntleroy Church/YMCA parking lot, one of the venues for Sunday afternoon’s Fauntleroy Fall Festival, but if the forecast holds, it might only be needed for sunburn prevention! Festival events will also be happening across the street in and around historic Fauntleroy Schoolhouse, where you can admire the new salmon art by Shawn Bennett in the raingarden out front:

Finding out about home raingardens and cisterns is one thing you can do at the festival – look for the folks from RainWise (WSB sponsor). And here’s the full lineup, as posted on the Fauntleroy Fall Festival website:

Also – it’s not too late to bake a cake to donate to the Cake Walk (details in our previous preview – you have to drop it off tomorrow right BEFORE the festival). See you at 9131 and 9140 California SW (map) 2-5 pm Sunday afternoon for the Fauntleroy Fall Festival!

Remembering longtime West Seattleite Bill Ericson, 1922-2014

October 18, 2014 at 1:02 pm | In Obituaries, West Seattle news, West Seattle people | 1 Comment

The family of William A. (Bill) Ericson is sharing this remembrance after his death this week:

Bill passed away October 13, 2014, at the age of 91.

He was the youngest of four children born to Ernest and Nellie Ericson in Star Lake, Minnesota. After being discharged from the Merchant Marines after World War II, Bill traveled to Seattle, where he met the love of his life, Olga Romei, and they raised three children.

Bill was a self-motivated entrepreneur who started his own real estate company, Ericson Realty, in the early ’60s and was immediately successful due to his hard work and diligence.

After retiring in the ’80s, his favorite pastime was socializing with friends and family, telling the best stories and jokes you can imagine and helping those who were in need. Bill never forgot a joke and something always reminded him of another story.

He is survived by his children William, Dini (Leif), Greg (Sue); grandchildren William III, Cale, Koen, Nolan, Nicole, and Noelle; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom will dearly miss his stories, jokes, guidance, and generosity. A private family memorial was held.

(WSB publishes obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to editor@westseattleblog.com)

Also happening now: Lincoln Park P-Patch Pumpkin Festival

October 18, 2014 at 11:11 am | In Gardening, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

This little punkin was photographed by one of the gardeners who’s at the Lincoln Park P-Patch in Solstice Park until 1 pm for the gardeners’ Pumpkin Festival, where you can buy: “Pumpkins, fresh rhubarb, fresh herbs (shiso, bay leaves, lavender, etc), homemade applesauce, plants and pottery. Behind the Fauntleroy tennis courts.”

If you’re driving, riding, or walking, turn uphill at Webster from Fauntleroy, on the south side of the courts, and you’ll find the sale.

What’s up today and tonight on your West Seattle Saturday:

October 18, 2014 at 6:12 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

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!

Update: Heard the helicopter? White Center search

October 18, 2014 at 12:08 am | In Helicopter, West Seattle news, White Center | No Comments

12:08 AM: Multiple helicopter reports from Arbor Heights to Highland Park. Nothing on the scanner/911 log so far, which might just mean it’s a King County Sheriff’s Office case. If you’re seeing police on the ground, let us know so we can figure out what’s going on!

12:11 AM: And Guardian One just tweeted that indeed, it was a case in the county:

Per scanner, they are now headed over to SODO to check out something else.

Senior Center of West Seattle is asking you: ‘Should we stay or should we go?’

October 17, 2014 at 11:12 pm | In West Seattle news | 22 Comments

It’s been three months now since the sudden ouster of longtime Senior Center of West Seattle executive director Karen Sisson brought to light a possible change in the center’s relationship with Senior Services, the citywide agency that staffs and manages it but doesn’t own its building. Tonight, we received word of a community meeting called to seek opinions on the center’s future. This is from Catherine Airola, who explains that she is working with a subcommittee of the West Seattle center’s board:

“Should we Stay or Should we Go?”

For more than the past 4 months the Senior Center of West Seattle (SCWS) has been dealing with challenges. We need your input to help us determine the direction of SCWS. Do we stay affiliated with Senior Services (SS) knowing they have proposed a different organizational model? Do we become our own entity, relying on our members and community alone?

Please attend the Town Hall and/or email questions/comments to Cing828@gmail.com . (cutoff date for emails is 11/7/14)

Town Hall Meeting
Tuesday, November 11th, 2014
2 sessions – 3 pm and 5:30 pm – SCWS, 4217 SW Oregon St.

The center, as has been pointed out, owns its building, unlike most of the other centers that are staffed and administered through Senior Services. We plan to follow up to find out more about what’s being proposed, by SCWS and by SS, before the meetings.

As-it-happened coverage: Chief Sealth wins third consecutive Huling Bowl, 18-14 over WSHS

October 17, 2014 at 7:33 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | 6 Comments

(Added: Video of Sealth players with trophy, post-game)
7:33 PM: We’re at Southwest Athletic Complex, where the rain has stopped and the first quarter of the big game has just ended. West Seattle High School has scored first in the annual Huling Bowl football battle of crosstown rivals, WSHS 7, Chief Sealth International High School (the home team, though both are sharing this field these days) 0. More to come.

7:38 PM: Wildcats score fast in the second quarter, now leading 14-0 with 10:14 left until halftime.

#22 Fynniecko Glover has scored both TDs for WSHS. And a few minutes later – the rain has returned.

8 PM: Halftime, still WSHS 14, Sealth 0. Marching bands take the field!

8:19 PM: First, it was West Seattle, under the direction of Ethan Thomas:


Then Sealth, directed by Marcus Pimpleton:


We’ll be adding longer clips, plus game photos, later, of course. And now the teams are back on the field, getting ready for the second half. It’s Senior Night for Sealth, so its players ran out through a “We (Heart) Our Seniors” banner held by the cheerleaders, wearing pink because it’s breast-cancer-awareness night. (Added: Photo of Sealth cheerleaders giving gift bags to their WSHS counterparts:)

P.S. Sealth won this game the past two years, after a long WSHS streak.

8:39 PM: There’s a medic call over on the street north of the stadium. Don’t know yet what it’s for; we’re checking.

8:50 PM: Third quarter over, still 14-0 WSHS.

Meantime, the emergency situation outside the stadium involves a 29-year-old man hit by a car. Does not sound like life-threatening injuries. Very busy on Thistle tonight, with the orchestra concert across the street at Sealth and the game here. (Added: Police tell us the man was crossing the street at 27th/Thistle with a child, who is OK. They hadn’t yet figured out which way they were crossing.)

8:52 PM: Touchdown Sealth.

By #11 Daron Camacho, who dedicated the game to his godmother, who’s fighting breast cancer:

With the point-after kick good, it’s now WSHS 14, Sealth 7.

9:26 PM: Dramatic few minutes with turnovers and a penalty just led to a Sealth touchdown by #12 Weston Reed, followed by 2-point conversion.

It’s now Sealth 15, WSHS 14 – the Seahawks’ first lead of the game – with 4:12 left in the game.

Shortly thereafter, Sealth intercepted the ball.

9:37 PM: Field goal Sealth with :16 left. Score 18 CSIHS, 14 WSHS.

9:39 PM: And that’s the final score. Sealth wins third consecutive Huling Bowl.

Carrying the trophy triumphantly aloft, the players ran off the track, then came back to gather by the end zone. It’s their third win this season, the first season for head coach Simon Iniguez.

Reader reports: Car prowl; plus, recognize either of these bikes?

October 17, 2014 at 7:24 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news | No Comments

CAR PROWL: Reported via text: Somebody smashed the window on that car along 36th SW between Raymond and Juneau. They also found evidence of a battery-theft attempt inside.

FOUND BICYCLE #1: Scott writes, “Anyone missing this bike? Showed up in my alley in Sunrise Heights”:

FOUND BICYCLE #2: Thanks to WSB Forums member Metrognome for pointing out this – a post about a bicycle found at Alki Elementary, and destined for city pickup.

West Seattle traffic alerts: Delridge ramp to bridge; Highland Park Way

October 17, 2014 at 5:34 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 11 Comments

Two traffic alerts right now: First, according to scanner traffic, police are blocking off the Delridge Way onramps to the West Seattle Bridge because of a medic response on the bridge. That’s all we know so far. Also, @mjs1980 tweets that there’s a police car and tow truck with a vehicle on the uphill side of the Highland Park Way hill, so if you’re headed that way, be careful.

Fauntleroy Community Association invites neighbors to talk with city leaders about transportation challenges

October 17, 2014 at 2:48 pm | In Fauntleroy, Transportation, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

Ongoing transportation/traffic concerns in Fauntleroy will get an airing in front of city reps including SDOT’s new director in three weeks: Thursday, November 6th, is the time/date just announced by the Fauntleroy Community Association for its long-in-the-works community conversation about issues from speeding to sidewalks to parking, and beyond. FCA president Mike Dey says SDOT director Scott Kubly, DPD director Diane Sugimura, Mayor Murray’s transportation adviser Andrew Glass Hastings, and City Council reps have all confirmed they’ll be there, 7 pm at The Hall at Fauntleroy.

West Seattle Halloween 2014: New show for Skeleton Theatre

October 17, 2014 at 12:19 pm | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 2 Comments

Halloween is exactly two weeks away – and yes, West Seattle’s own Skeleton Theatre is back, according to ST’s Maia Low, who tells WSB, “It’s a brand-new show called ‘Beyond the Pale.’ It’s the story of a skeleton super-spy, Mason Tanner.” The ~20-minute show will run multiple times between 6 pm and 9 pm on Halloween (Friday, October 31) and the night after, Saturday, November 1st, at 36th/Hanford (map). Visit the ST website for behind-the-scenes info, cast details, more (including backstory if this is the first time you’ve heard of Skeleton Theatre!).

P.S. The WSB Halloween page – with this event and lots more over the next 2 weeks – should be up tonight; if you still haven’t sent us your listing (including bar parties), editor@westseattleblog.com ASAP – thanks!

What’s ahead for your West Seattle Friday: Orchestras’ free concert; free movie; Huling Bowl; 5th anniversary for Not Dead Yet…

October 17, 2014 at 11:59 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

(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.

Making 35th SW safer: SDOT adds second community meeting

October 17, 2014 at 10:22 am | In Safety, Transportation, West Seattle news | 13 Comments

(WSB photo from 2008: One of many safety rallies/demonstrations on ‘I-35′)
Just in from SDOT: Two meetings are now planned to kick off the 35th SW safety-improvement program. The 6:30-8 pm meeting next Wednesday (October 22nd) at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center was announced back in August; now, they’re adding a meeting on Tuesday, October 28th, 3:30-5 pm at Southwest Branch Library. Plans for the “multi-year” safety project were first announced back in February, after years of crashes and concerns along what’s been dubbed “I-35.”

West Seattle schools: Chief Sealth Link Crew’s ‘Road Rally’

October 17, 2014 at 10:15 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 1 Comment

A month and a half into the new school year, we had the chance to check back with the Chief Sealth International High School Link Crew as its members – freshmen and their mentors – crisscrossed the peninsula by bus for an afterschool “Road Rally” on Thursday.

First, they gathered in the Galleria for signmaking and strategy-plotting. You might have seen them in action after that – teams taking photos by West Seattle landmarks and businesses. Points were awarded for photos involving any of more than 40 locations and activities. Bonus – sunshine!

Activities included “picking up litter” and “best Superhero pose”; locations were near the school – Longfellow Creek – and far, including Walk All Ways in The Junction.

That’s Lincoln Vuong, and we thank him for the alert about what he called “pretty much a massive scavenger event around town.” He and the rest of this year’s Link Leaders are resolved to keep the community updated on their work with the Class of 2018:

If you use the Instagram app on your smartphone, you can see the photos by searching for the hashtag #sealthlinkcrew. The Road Rally wrapped up after about two and a half hours with an optional gathering for hot chocolate and snacks back at the Sealth Galleria.

P.S. The Link Crew program – explained here – also is used at West Seattle High School and elsewhere across the country.

VIDEO, PHOTOS: Orcas swim past West Seattle whale-watchers

October 17, 2014 at 8:59 am | In Seen at sea, West Seattle news, Wildlife | 10 Comments

(Starting at :15 in, you’ll see some whales – sorry for the shakiness, very long zoom!)
8:59 AM: If you’re anywhere near the water today, keep watch for orcas! Just before nightfall Thursday, the Orca Network had southbound sightings in the north Sound – first sightings that far south in quite a while. Then this morning around 7:30 am, according to West Seattleite Jeff Hogan from Killer Whale Tales, sightings were reported off Vashon Island – still southbound, but at some point, they will have to head back this way, so we’re sharing the alert. If you see whales, please let us know (text/voice 206-293-6302 is our breaking-news hotline, and this qualifies); we’ll update with any reports.

9:40 AM: Still southbound, south of us, per this ON commenter – off Point Robinson on Maury Island (across Puget Sound from Des Moines) about 20 minutes ago.

10:44 AM: Now at least some of the whales are reported to have turned and headed northbound.

12:14 PM: Jeff just texted to say that whales believed to be from all three resident pods are “trending northbound” past Three Tree Point south of West Seattle.

(Added: Photo by Greg Snyder)
1:28 PM: In view! Passing Blake Island.

1:58 PM: The research boat is visible off Blake Island – binoculars definitely needed – if you are near Me-Kwa-Mooks on Beach Drive as we are now. Some whales are ahead of it, some behind.

5:38 PM: Continuing to add visuals from today’s sightings as we get them. Above and (added) below, photos by Gary Jones, as the orcas passed Alki Lighthouse.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday updates; this weekend’s Highway 99/Alaskan Way Viaduct closures

October 17, 2014 at 6:16 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | No Comments

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Happy Friday! This weekend’s big traffic news will be the Highway 99/Alaskan Way Viaduct closures, so we’ll get right to that reminder:

HIGHWAY 99/ALASKAN WAY CLOSURES THIS WEEKEND: The multi-part closure is explained here. The main parts you should know about: (1) From the Battery Street Tunnel north to Valley Street, Highway 99 will be closed all weekend, from late tonight until early Monday. (2) The stretch from the West Seattle Bridge to the BS Tunnel will be closed for its semiannual inspection, 6 am-6 pm Saturday and Sunday.

OTHER WEEKEND ALERTS: SDOT‘s citywide list is here, including another major closure this weekend – the 520 bridge.

TWO UPCOMING LOCAL ALERTS: Both published here Thursday – one for 26th SW in North Delridge, one for two FYI’s related to the Fauntleroy ferry dock.

10:42 AM: Julia tweets that the 35th/Roxbury signal is out. We’re heading out to check.

West Seattle food news: Hot Chocolat on TV; Coastline crowdfunding adds commenter’s suggestion

October 16, 2014 at 9:39 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | No Comments

Two West Seattle food-biz notes:

FIREFIGHTER WITH A NOT-SO-SECRET IDENTITY: Embedded above is the recent Evening Magazine profile of Chef Michael Poole and his artisan candy business, Hot Chocolat Artisan Firehouse Chocolates. Even if you saw the profile on TV, you might not have realized Chef Poole is based in West Seattle. His day job, as the TV feature shows, is as a lieutenant in the Seattle Fire Department dispatch center; in his “spare time” he has space at one of the commercial kitchens in The Triangle, making his Hot Chocolat creations. (We met him there earlier this year.) His culinary career started out with a more general line of catering, but he eventually went on to study and work with master sweets-crafters in France. He sells his chocolates online and also has some retail outlets, including Chaco Canyon Organic Café in The Triangle, where you can buy his vegan chocolates.

COASTLINE CROWDFUNDING ADDS PUNCHCARDS: It was suggested by WSB commenter Goodgraces, and now it’s part of the crowdfunding campaign for Coastline, the “burger joint” that is taking over the ex-Shoofly spot in The Junction. One of the partners, Aaron Shepherd, sent this update tonight:

Responding to community feedback in regards to their hopes for participation with the Kickstarter campaign, we have Upgraded our Rewards. We’ve added a new category of “Punch Cards”:

4 Burger Punch Card for $25
6 Burger Punch Card for $35
9 Burger Punch Card for $45
12 Burger Punch Card for $55
15 Burger Punch Card for $65

We hope people are excited about the Upgraded Rewards, and look forward to seeing everyone at Coastline ASAP.

Shepherd says they hope to open in about a month.

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