West Seattle, Washington
Thanks for the tip that activity’s been sighted in the empty-almost-7-months ex-Fresh Bistro space on the ground floor of Mural (4727 42nd SW). That’s led to a discovery in city permit files: A site plan for a new restaurant called Agave. Same company that has Mexican restaurants on Queen Anne and on the Eastside? The city file says yes. We’ll be following up to find out more.
Out scouting Christmas lights, we noticed these decorations in North Admiral. Not the biggest and brightest, but, well, the “Star Wars”-iest, with R2D2 on the left and BB8 on the right, and another droid on the ornament in front of R2:
If these ARE the droids you’re looking for, you can see them on 44th SW, south of SW Atlantic.
Got a Christmas lights/decorations sighting? Let us know – firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
Thanks for the tip about a crash this past hour in the 6500 block of West Marginal Way SW (map). Seattle Fire reports extricating one person from a wrecked vehicle; its units have since all cleared the scene.
5:16 PM: You have until 7:30 pm to get to the only holiday shopping-bazaar-and-then-some of its kind – the St. Nicholas Faire at First Lutheran Church of West Seattle (just north of The Junction). There’s a small admission charge because this is also a fundraiser for the West Seattle Food Bank and West Seattle Helpline. The star attraction: Almost 200 gift baskets created by volunteers, and donated gift cards – the baskets address all kinds of themes and interests, from gardening to sports to kid stuff …
Bake-sale items too. And your admission includes free treats (we hear they’re dishing up some Italian food). More photos to come. The church is at 4105 California SW and if you’re driving, there’s a parking lot in back.
ADDED: FLCWS pastor Rev. Ron Marshall emceed as usual, encouraging attendees to “bid high, bid often”:
The “Tree of Ornaments” was a new feature:
Congratulations to all the winning bidders!
Two reader reports – maybe you can help:
MISTAKENLY TAKEN ITEMS? From Laurie, on behalf of a friend in High Point:
If you stopped by 3209 SW Juneau today to take free items in front of the house and went into the garage and took our Christmas boxes we really want them back!! Those are very special family items. The garage was not open to take items. It would really be appreciated if they could be returned. Nutcrackers, decor and a manger. Please call 206-948-0505 if you have any information.
MISDELIVERED PACKAGE: Know someone who got a package they weren’t expecting? Lindsay had a “special Christmas gift” sent to 4109 47th Avenue South. Unfortunately, “tracking shows it was delivered to 4109 47th Ave SW” this past Friday. Even more unfortunately – there is no such address. Lindsay is working with the delivery company but they’ve told her it might take weeks to figure this out. If the unintended recipient happens to read this, please contact us and we’ll put you in touch.
After all those bus rides around The Junction, did Santa Claus get to go home to the North Pole? Nope. He is at cool-stuff-for-kids store My Three Little Birds (6959 California SW; WSB sponsor) this afternoon, for one more hour. Store staffer Brittany wore her Nutcracker outfit for the occasion! Free DIY photos or $5 professional, until 4:30 pm. Santa also will visit My Three Little Birds in Burien (421 SW 152nd) 11 am-2 pm next Saturday (December 15th).
Bob e-mailed to ask about that partly burned RV parked in front of the old Sea-Way property (future self-storage) in the 2500 block of Harbor Avenue. The fire is on the SFD log as a one-engine-dispatched “car fire” at 6:47 this morning. SFD spokesperson Hilton Almond tells WSB that the Red Cross was called to help the man and woman who were displaced by the fire; no injuries reported. He doesn’t have information on the fire’s cause except to note that SFD’s investigator wasn’t called out, which usually indicates there was nothing suspicious/deliberate.
Family and friends will gather Thursday (December 13) in memory of Karlene Lacher. Here’s the remembrance they are sharing with the community:
KARLENE LACHER (SIFFERMAN)
On December 2, 2018 our dear, sweet, beautiful Mom passed away peacefully with all of her children by her side. Mom was born October 22nd, 1934 to Karl and Iris Sifferman.
Karlene grew up on Angle Lake until the 5th grade. The family then moved to West Seattle, where she attended Holy Rosary School, graduating in 1952.
Karlene began her career in the late ’60s at West Seattle General Hospital. In 1973 she went to work for Dr. Wilbur J. Springer until his retirement in 2000. After Dr. Springer retired, Karlene stayed on at Swedish West Seattle Clinic for one more year and then retired herself in 2001. Not satisfied with being retired for long, Mom returned to work for West Seattle Dermatology, where she stayed for almost two years. She then joined the staff at West Seattle Foot and Ankle, where she worked until December 2015 at the age of 81.
Mom loved her home, gardening, traveling, working, and most of all her children and grandchildren.
No matter what was going on in her life or ours, we always knew Mom loved us.
Mom, you will forever be in our hearts.
Karlene was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Susan Cash. She is survived by her children Jean (Michael), Jolene, Steve, Jill (Mark), and Joe (Joy); five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, her sister Jean Freitas, and her brother Nick Sifferman, all of Seattle.
The family would like to give a heartfelt thanks to Kathleen, Terri, and Adrienne for their love, compassion and care they gave to Mom. We would also like to thank Providence Hospice of Seattle for the care and respect they gave to Mom in her final months and the support given to our family.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, December 13th, 2018, 10:00 AM, with reception following at:
Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 4139 42nd Ave SW.
Remembrances may be made to:
Providence Hospice of Seattle Foundation, 2811 S. 102nd Street, Suite 220, Tukwila, WA 98168
or the charity of your choice.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Emmick Family Funeral Services of West Seattle
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Santa Claus is not always riding in a sleigh. Right now in the West Seattle Junction, you’ll find him aboard this bus:
The Santa Bus is part of Hometown Holidays in The Junction – with Quail Park Memory Care of West Seattle (WSB sponsor) presenting today’s free rides – look for their canopy at the south end of the Farmers’ Market to catch the bus, which has already had, we’re told, about 150 riders! This continues until 2 pm (and next Sunday too, if you can’t get to The Junction today). See what else is up for Hometown Holidays (with community co-sponsors including WSB) by going here.
10:09 AM: Thanks for the tip.
Unannounced “road work” is closing two lanes on a significant section of the eastbound bridge, so if you have to head out, give yourself extra time.
10:51 AM: Tipster Lora sends this photo of where the crew is working:
And we have since found a brief mention of it on the SDOT “On the Move” blog – described as “generally between 8 am and 5 pm … West Seattle Freeway – Helping to complete small improvements, with various traffic impacts.”
12:50 PM: As noted by commenter Onion and tweeted by SDOT, this work appears to be done.
Welcome to Sunday! First part of our highlight list is from the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide:
SANTA BUS IN THE JUNCTION: 10 am-2 pm, take a fun free ride around The Junction as part of Hometown Holidays! Catch the bus at California/Alaska, south end of the Farmers’ Market. (If you want to check things out before going out, check our Twitter feed for a view close to the start, and then come back here for a “happening now” report.)
WREATH SALES: Pathfinder K-8 PTSA and students make handmade wreaths and sell them in The Junction during the season – find them at the KeyBank corner, 10 am-2 pm. All proceeds go to supporting outdoor education. (California/Alaska)
JEWELRY TRUNK SHOW: 10 am-6 pm, local jewelry artist Alizah Olivas at CAPERS. (4525 California SW)
Northwest Art & Frame and The West Seattle Junction Association have invited the Furry Faces Foundation elves to wrap your gifts in splendor and uniqueness! We have gift-wrap, bows, tape, ribbon, garland, pipe cleaners, name tags, and more! It is up to you how much you would like to donate for the gift-wrapping, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to helping animals.
(4733 California SW)
SANTA AT MY THREE LITTLE BIRDS: 1:30-4:30 pm, come meet Santa and take a pic (DIY free or $5 professional) at My Three Little Birds (WSB sponsor) in south Morgan Junction. (6959 California SW)
‘CHRISTMAS CAROL’ MATINEE: Join Twelfth Night Productions this holiday season for “A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play.” 3 pm at Kenyon Hall. Buy your ticket(s) online at this Brown Paper Tickets link, or at the KH box office. (7904 35th SW)
CAROLING: You’re invited to go caroling with St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church! Meet at the church at 4 pm. Chili and “Charlie Brown” afterward! (3050 California SW)
ST. NICHOLAS FAIRE: You’re invited to the St. Nicholas Faire at First Lutheran Church of West Seattle, 4:30-7:30 pm. Bid on gift baskets, enjoy holiday festivities, support local nonprofits! Details here. Benefiting the West Seattle Food Bank and WS Helpline. (4105 California SW)
SHORT AND SWEET: 2nd annual Holiday Film Shorts at South Park Hall. 6 pm. $7 admission. Live music by Tim Scallon. Cider and cocoa! Puffles! Free popcorn! Films from Brian Edwards’ private collection. Peruvian Santa might appear, (1253 S. Cloverdale)
PARTY AT EASTRIDGE: West Seattle Christmas Party at Eastridge Church, 6-8 pm. “The evening includes Christmas caroling, pictures with Santa, Christmas games with prizes, a gingerbread decorating contest, cookies, cocoa and more family fun. All activities are free. (39th/Oregon)
And from our year-round Event Calendar:
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, see what’s fresh! Vegetables, fruit, fish, meat, cheese, beverages, cookies, nuts, we could go on. In the street in the heart of The Junction. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)
CASPAR BABYPANTS – TWO SHOWS: 10:30 am and noon, the family fave performs at Westside School (WSB sponsor) in Arbor Heights as part of a Town Hall-presented concert series. $5 adults, kids free. (10404 34th SW)
CORREO AEREO: Award-winning Latin American music group at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm. (5612 California SW)
LADIES MUSICAL CLUB: 3 pm at West Seattle (Admiral) Library: “Join us for a concert featuring Copland’s Poems of Emily Dickinson and late/post Romantic piano music.” Program in our calendar listing. (2306 42nd SW)
BENEFIT FOR RYAN GEORG: A local musician hospitalized after an attack outside a club elsewhere in the city is the beneficiary of this show at The Skylark starting at 6 tonight:
All ages. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
Two West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports:
STOLEN TRAILER: Alan e-mailed today to report:
My gray single-axle utility trailer was stolen on Wednesday, December 5th. It disappeared from my driveway in Pigeon Point. License 2978-XK
ALLEY PROWLING: K shares this video from multiple cameras catching Friday afternoon alley prowlers entering yards near 16th/Henderson, with, K reports, at least one package stolen as a result:
The police-report # is 2018-911675.
The Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship returned to West Seattle twice today/tonight – starting just before sunset at Don Armeni Boat Ramp, as seen in David Hutchinson‘s photo above, following an afternoon stop in South Park. After a break and a visit to Bainbridge Island, the Spirit of Seattle made its last West Seattle appearance of 2018, serenading Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor):
(WSB video/photos from here on)
The choir Emerald City Voices delivered a set with flashes of humor – as you can hear in our clip, they opened with “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” and before they headed back to the downtown dock, “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas“ was among the other songs. We counted 7 boats accompanying the Christmas Ship tonight.
Here’s the schedule for the rest of the season, nightly (and some daytime sailings too) through Christmas Eve-Eve.
On this seventh night of Hanukkah, West Seattle synagogue Kol HaNeshamah took the celebration to the streetcorner in The Junction. That’s KHN’s Rabbi Zari Weiss, above; she and congregation members gathered at California/Alaska for a “Pop-Up Hanukkah” earlier tonight.
Tomorrow is the final night of the eight-night Festival of Lights.
As the season continues, we’re spotlighting West Seattle Christmas lights most nights, and we appreciate your sighting reports (firstname.lastname@example.org) with or without photos! Barbara sends word that Fauntlee Hills is shining bright again this year, including this house “on the corner of 39th Ave SW and SW Trenton.” See where else we’ve showcased by browsing this WSB archive.
Many – but not all – community councils take a break from meetings in December. The Admiral Neighborhood Association‘s every-other-month meeting, however, is ON for next Tuesday (December 11th), 6:30 pm at a different location – Admiral Congregational Church. From ANA president Larry Wymer, here are the agenda highlights:
1) Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
Director Andrés Mantilla will provide an update and overview of Seattle’s ‘Department of Neighborhoods’, including recent changes under our new mayor, with an opportunity for Q&A with the neighborhood to discuss how best to work with their department.
2) Admiral Congregational U.C.C. Property
Rev. Andrew Conley-Holcom will present information on the various services the church provides for our neighborhood beyond inclusive worship, as well as informing us of some near-term changes the church is planning to make. Admiral UCC is considering re-purposing some of its property, and wants to keep the neighborhood connected to and informed about the possibilities.
3) ANA Officer Elections (& 2019 Priorities)
We will be holding elections for all ANA officer positions including:
● Vice President
We will also be discussing YOUR priorities for ANA for 2019, and offering opportunities for you to volunteer in whatever capacity suits your time and interests.
Admiral UCC is at 4320 SW Hill.
From our partner site White Center Now, video of Thursday night’s North Highline Unincorporated Area Council Q&A/briefing with three local elected officials, all West Seattleites who represent this area as well as White Center/North Highline: 34th District State Reps. Eileen Cody and Joe Fitzgibbon and County Council Chair Joe McDermott. (34th District State Senator-elect Joe Nguyen was also expected but unable to attend due to multiple conflicts; we interviewed him today for a post-election, pre-Legislature followup that you’ll see here within the next few days.)
Perfect weekend to shop local! The photo is from Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor), where Eda from Boejack Design has a pop-up under way until 3 pm. Click! tells us, “She handcrafts bags in leather, vegan leather, and Japanese fabric.” More info here.
(Got a shopping spotlight? Let us know for the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide!)
Family and friends will gather December 16th to remember Katherine (Katie) Overmars. Here’s the remembrance they’re sharing with the community:
KATHERINE FAY BIRKLAND OVERMARS (KATIE)
Born Feb. 18, 1966, in Seattle, died Dec. 1 in Browns Point, Tacoma, at age 52.
Katie grew up in West Seattle and attended Lafayette Elementary, Mercer Middle School and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1984. She worked at American Seafoods in Seattle until she married and had children. She spent the rest of her life in Browns Point.
She was active in the Browns Point community, loved skiing, fishing, water sports and soaking up the sun. She was a wonderful cook and was the No. 1 fan at her daughter’s volleyball games and her son’s baseball games.
Katie is survived by her husband Bob, daughter Jane and son Evan, all of Browns Point, mother Merry Nye of Seattle, father Ted Birkland of Las Vegas, Nev., sisters Elizabeth (Brad) Sneed of Las Vegas, Nev., Annie Taylor of La Conner, Wash., and Kirsta Birkland of Scottsdale, Ariz., dear aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
We all will miss her love for us, her friendliness and her generous spirit.
A funeral will be held Sunday, Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Browns Point (6800 East Side Dr. N.E., Tacoma), followed by a gathering at the nearby Browns Point Improvement Club directly after the service.
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Here’s your eagle-eyed view of what’s up today/tonight around West Seattle. First, from the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide:
GIFT WRAPPING AT QUAIL PARK: Gift wrapping at Quail Park Memory Care Residences of West Seattle (WSB sponsor):
We LOVE the Junction! On Saturdays in December, between 10 am and 4 pm, we’ll GIFT WRAP any gifts you purchase from Junction Businesses! Bring your gifts down the hill, and enjoy some hot cider while we wrap your gifts! The service is on us, but if you’d like to leave a donation for the Alzheimer’s Association, we’ll have that opportunity available!
(4515 41st SW)
GIFT WRAPPING AT ADMIRAL BARTELL DRUGS: Free gift wrapping 11 am-2 pm at Bartell Drugs (WSB sponsor) in Admiral. (2345 42nd SW)
CHRISTMAS MARKET: Christkindl Markt, 10 am-4 pm. Handmade crafts, cider, pretzels, food, baked goods, plants. At Admiral Congregational Church. (4320 SW Hill)
STORYBOOK SANTA Special photos at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse:
Stay local, avoid the lines, and experience the magical joy of Christmas as Gail Ann Photography presents the 3rd annual Storybook Santa at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse on Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9 from 9 am – 4 pm. Children of all ages will experience the wonderment of everything Christmas as they are welcome to explore under the tree, chat with Santa, read a book with Santa and most important, share their Christmas list with Santa! Dress up in your holiday best, your PJs, or come as you are! Dogs and cats are no stranger to Santa either! Ten-minute sessions starting at $30. 20% of the proceeds will be donated to the Fauntleroy Community Service Agency. Email to schedule your appointment: firstname.lastname@example.org
(9131 California SW)
PANCAKES WITH SANTA: Santa photos during free pancake breakfast at John L. Scott Real Estate in The Junction, 9 am-noon. (4445 California SW)
HOLIDAY KIDS’ ACTIVITIES: 11 am-3 pm at Bartell Drugs (WSB sponsor) in Jefferson Square (4706 42nd SW) and White Center (9600 15th SW).
SANTA AT OUNCES: Santa at Ounces, 1-4 pm: “Pics are FREE and open to all! Kids, families, dogs … etc.!” (3809 Delridge Way SW)
SANTA AT THE SALON: Santa photos at Tram’s Salon, 1-4 pm. (4110 California SW)
CHRISTMAS SHIP: Three stops for the Christmas Ship today/tonight in South Park and West Seattle:
-3 pm at Duwamish Waterway Park in South Park (7900 10th Ave. S.)
-4:05 at Don Armeni Boat Ramp (1222 Harbor SW)
-9:10 pm at Salty’s on Alki (1936 Harbor SW; WSB sponsor)
Rainier Youth Choirs will be on board. Free to enjoy from shore!
‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL’: Join Twelfth Night Productions for “A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play.” 7:30 pm at Kenyon Hall. Tickets available online at this Brown Paper Tickets link, or at the venue box office. (7904 35th SW)
‘JANE EYRE’: Also a 7:30 pm curtain time for the ArtsWest (WSB sponsor) holiday-season musical. Check ticket availability here. (4711 California SW)
NORTHWEST FIRELIGHT CHORALE: Holiday concert at Westside School (WSB sponsor), 7:30 pm. (10404 34th SW)
UGLY SWEATER PARTY Tonight at Alki Beach Pub & Eatery, starting at 8 pm. Contest with $100 cash prize! Live DJ. (2722 Alki SW)
And from our year-round West Seattle Event Calendar:
ROXHILL PARK CLEANUP CREW: Join neighbors’ monthly cleanup in the park. 9 am-11 am – meet in the parking lot. (29th/Barton)
DESIGN WORKSHOP: 9 am-noon at Evergreen High School, community design workshop for the new “hub” with affordable housing, nonprofit headquarters, and more at 8th/108th. (830 SW 116th)
ROLLER DERBY: Southside Revolution‘s Wonkatania doubleheader bout at Southgate Roller Rink. Doors open at 5:15 pm. Info in our calendar listing.
7:57 PM: We’re at Lowman Beach, where the Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship has just arrived for its first of four West Seattle stops over two nights. The seasonal serenading, courtesy of on-board singers, will be happening here for about 20 minutes, then on to Alki for an 8:40 pm stop (near the Bathhouse). More to come!
8:17 PM: Great crowd at Lowman.
After a singalong of “Joy to the World,” the Christmas Ship and the 8 boats accompanying it are now Alki-bound.
8:44 PM: The Choir of the Sound is just concluding its first Alki song.
9:05 PM: Sailing back to Pier 55 – but back in West Seattle tomorrow – see our Holiday Guide for the schedule. Photos when we’re back at HQ.
ADDED 10:54 PM: Photos added above and below. As usual, the Alki stop had extra happenings onshore, with Hope Lutheran helping out.
Throughout the holiday season, the Christmas Ship sails around the region with a long list of guest choirs performing Christmas songs.
It’s free to enjoy from shore, or you can buy a ticket to sail on board the Christmas Ship or one of its follow boats – Argosy donates part of the proceeds to charity, as announced during its stops.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Three times in the past week, endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales have passed West Seattle shores.
It’s also been a busy week for one of their most fervent support groups, The Whale Trail.
Unannounced guest speakers stole the show.
That video is from the security camera at Juneau Street Market (5901 California SW). On Thursday, we published a West Seattle Crime Watch report about its early-morning burglary. Today, the market sent us the video recorded during the burglary. The video shows that only 40 seconds elapsed between the burglar throwing something through the door and his escape back through the broken glass, carrying stolen cigarettes and the register. You can even see the flash as he yanks the register out by its wires. (The break-in starts :40 into our clip, where the camera’s time stamp shows 3:22:50 am.) Here’s the clearest frame grab we could get:
(Added – a better frame grab, courtesy of Todd, originally posted in comments below:)
If you have any information that would help the investigation, the police incident # is 18-454606.