Also for West Seattle Saturday: WS Food Bank drive; Zippy’s finale…

(Added 10:12 am – Pete Spalding, Heather Hsu, Barbara Schneider at WS Food Bank donation station outside Metropolitan Market)
We previewed several of today’s biggest events extensively here just last night – for Tax-Free Day in The Junction, the Green Home Tour, Duwamish Alive!, Y Healthy Kids Day, get details by going here; for toplines on Green Up Delridge!, the HP3 environmental-adventure race, and Westcrest Park tree-planting – go here. And we’ll be publishing as-it-happens coverage throughout the day, here and via Twitter (@westseattleblog) and Facebook (“like” WSB’s semi-new page at

Meanwhile, here’s some of what else is up:

DONATE FOOD! West Seattle Food Bank Feinstein Challenge Food Drive, 9 am-5 pm, Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor) – WS Food Bank will be at the store to take food and monetary donations (because of the Feinstein Challenge, they count extra through the end of this month).

Also today, a popular restaurant turns into Memory Lane:

(Video by Deanie Schwarz for WSB)
ZIPPY’S FINAL DAY IN WEST SEATTLE: That’s Kelly, recounting the top four burgers on the hit list, as she and her co-workers prepare to serve you on the last day at Zippy’s Giant Burgers’ original Highland Park location, serving food till they’re out or till 4 pm (whichever comes first), 16th/Holden (planning to reopen 4/25 in new 9614 14th SW location)

FREE SWIMMING: It’s APRIL POOLS DAY. Seattle Parks and Recreation will join other public and private swimming organizations throughout Washington to celebrate the 18th Annual April Pools Day – 10:30 am-noon, water safety and more, at Southwest Community Center and Pool (2801 SW Thistle Street).

FOOTBALL AND CHEER SIGN-UPS: SWAC Football & Cheer is holding sign-ups at the Roxbury Safeway from 11 am – 2 pm. Serving Boys & Girls ages 7-14 More details:

PREPAREDNESS MONTH CONTINUES: Our daily reports will resume this weekend. In the meantime, today’s big event is the Communications Academy at South Seattle Community College (details here)

EARTH DAY AT THE LONGHOUSE: Duwamish Longhouse (4705 W Marginal Way SW) Earth Day Weekend at the Duwamish Longhouse free admission, special exhibit: Holding Mother Earth Sacred. Today: Indian frybread available, 10 am – 4 pm; dedication of canoe launch site with Blue Heron Canoe, 1 – 2 pm Saturday; Seattle Storytellers Guild: Earth Day Stories, First Nations, All Nations takes place 1:30 – 4 pm.

THRIFTWAY BARBECUE SEASON: West Seattle Thriftway’s first Fundraising BBQ of the Year will be held today to benefit quake/tsunami relief.

ANIMAL REIKI: Free Animal Reiki Demonstration with Rose De Dan, Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing, 3:00-4:00 p.m. at Mud Bay – Admiral District, 2611 California Ave SW, West Seattle. This event is free and open to animals (and people) who would like to experience a sample of energetic support for mind/body/spirit or learn more about Reiki. Please bring your animal companion on leash or in a carrier. (More information here)

DOG SOCIAL TONIGHT: 2nd Annual Dog Social at Muttley Crew Cuts (4200 SW Admiral Way Suite C), 7-10 pm. Socialize with other dog owners while your K9 friends play. There is a raffle and $2 dogs, beer and wine (w/ ID), and snacks. All proceeds go to English Springer Rescue America (ESRA). Facebook Event page here

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