West Seattle, Washington
OK, so the shopping frenzy is nothing like an Easter egg hunt … we don’t do a countdown to 9 am and yell “GO!” but – we ARE counting down, in a more low-key way, to West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day itself (always the second Saturday in May, so that’s 9 am-3 pm Saturday, May 12th this year), exactly five weeks away. We just started signups this week, so you have a few weeks to decide to jump in, but if you’re ready to commit to being part of it this year, we invite you to sign up now. You get to be on the printable and clickable maps, with a classified-style “ad” for your stuff, and you’ll be part of a fun meet-your-neighbors sale day that draws people from around the region (we promote it in a variety of online and offline channels that reach hundreds of thousands of potential shoppers, for miles and miles around). We’re closing in on 50 sales registered already! Here’s the form.
With the community centers’ events all combined at Southwest Athletic Complex, today’s only Admiral District-area community egg hunt was at Life Care Center of West Seattle – with more than 100 people on hand.
Oh, and in addition to the 100-plus people, one Easter Bunny, holding court for DIY photos:
WSB was among the sponsors, by the way – we chipped in for some of the candy.
Notice the fire engine in the back of that photo? The Admiral District’s own Engine 29 came to Life Care Center for the occasion, and provided almost as many photo ops as The Bunny:
Miss today’s egg hunts? There’s the usual casual, low-key Easter Sunday one at C & P Coffee (WSB sponsor) tomorrow morning at 11 am, and if you’re going to an Easter church service, check your favorite church’s website to see if they’re having one before or after the service – we’ve noticed a few.
One week from today, as North Delridge Neighborhood Council Beautification Committee chair Lisa Taylor-Whitley puts it: “Two hours of your time will make a visible difference in our neighborhood.” It’s the annual North Delridge Spring Clean, 10 am-noon on April 14th:
Volunteers will meet at the Delridge Community Center, 4501 Delridge Way SW, and break into groups from there.
We will provide the bags and pickers while you will provide the labor to spruce up our neighborhood! We will be cleaning Delridge Way from Andover to Juneau, pruning around the “Welcome to Delridge” sign, and planting plants at the Community Center.
P.S. And for other neighborhood happenings and discussions – NDNC’s monthly meeting is Monday, 6:30 pm, Delridge Library, agenda info here.
Thanks to Tim for our first photo from the first egg hunt of the day, West Seattle Thriftway‘s traditional lots-of-eggs, lots-of-hunters event this morning. (Pictured are Violet and Lydia, who, Tim reports, “had a great time!”) Even if you aren’t a participant, the crowd is always something to see. And this year, Thriftway staffer Emma was out circulating with bacon (hey, goes with eggs, right?):
We also caught Michele from Thriftway with The Bunny:
But back to the egg-scitement. The doors opened, and in went the crowd:
We managed to get Harrison to stop and pose:
And one more bunny photo – with Marianna and dad:
Thriftway’s Facebook page has lots of pix, too – see them here.
2:20 PM: Got a call about southbound orcas that – if they don’t change their direction – might soon be visible off Alki Point. We’re heading off to look; let us know if you see them.
3:59 PM UPDATE: We didn’t have any luck ourselves (as usual) – but maybe we were too early, as they are still out there, according to those discussing it on the WSB Facebook page.
This year for the first time, dealing with city-budget-related changes such as staff cuts and closures, the West Seattle Community Centers team came up with a creative alternative idea for the traditional spring-egg-hunt day – one big combined event at Southwest Athletic Complex that went beyond egg hunts. And what a turnout! The event is about midway through (see the schedule here). On the field, there are bouncy toys for kids not tuckered out enough after chasing eggs:
And right before the hunting began, there was the tantalizing sight of the prize baskets:
We have more photos/video to add later. Caspar Babypants performs at 1:30 pm and the event’s not over till 3. The complex is in the 2800 block of SW Thistle, across from Chief Sealth International High School.
ADDED 9:04 PM: Adding video and a few more photos – first, you see them in summertime parades, but here’s the Sweet Mahogany drill team in a springtime appearance:
Someone else you’ll be seeing in summertime parades – West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival royalty! Here’s Senior Court Queen Kayli, with Junior Court Queen Thea and Princess Elena:
And this event had TWO Easter Bunnies … who posed with team members from EuropaKids International Preschool (WSB sponsor), which has classes at the nearby Southwest Pool/Teen Life Center building but is expanding as of this summer:
And one more video clip: Caspar Babypants with the song that we wind up humming for days after hearing it …
For other events coming up at West Seattle city-run Community Centers, you can browse the spring brochure (PDF).
Headed for The Junction? Keep an eye out for these local Camp Fire Girls – the “Blue Angels” – and their bake sale raising money for WestSide Baby, outside CAPERS. True to their group’s name, they’re hoping their sale really takes off; help ’em meet their $325 goal (or soar beyond it). They’re there till 3 pm.
Thanks to Jana for that view of the clouds that loomed late on Friday – today’s forecast is “sunny”! Five egg-hunt events are a big part of the highlights from the WSB West Seattle Events calendar, but first a traffic reminder:
VIADUCT/99 SCHEDULED TO BE CLOSED ALL WEEKEND: Till 5 am Monday (and of course we’ll let you know IF it reopens sooner). Here’s what the closure’s about. You can check traffic cams here.
FIRST EGG HUNT – WEST SEATTLE THRIFTWAY, 9 AM: “Over 50,000 eggs, filled with goodies and prizes!” says the store. The Easter Bunny is on hand, too. Don’t be late to this one – the line forms outside and it’s usually a sizable one. Kids 1-10. Free. (California/Fauntleroy/Morgan)
SECOND EGG HUNT – LIFE CARE CENTER OF WEST SEATTLE, 11 AM: Thousands of eggs, Easter Bunny photos, and a fire truck. Free. (4700 SW Admiral Way)
THIRD EGG HUNT – EASTRIDGE CHURCH, AT LINCOLN PARK, 11 AM: Hunt with 10,000 eggs, and other activities including a big inflatable slide. Free. (More info on the calendar page)
FOURTH EGG HUNT (ACTUALLY MORE THAN ONE) – WEST SEATTLE COMMUNITY CENTERS’ COMBINED EVENT AT SWAC, 11:30 AM: New this year, a mega-celebration at Southwest Athletic Complex, replacing the individual egg hunts the centers presented before. Bouncy toys, Caspar Babypants concert, and multiple egg hunts/egg trots – here’s the schedule:
EGG HUNT SCHEDULE
11:40 a.m.—3 yrs & under
12:00 p.m.—4 to 6 yrs
12:10 p.m.—7 to 9 yrs
12:20 p.m.—10 to 12 yrs
12:30 p.m.—13 to 17 yrs
12:30pm– Egg Trot 4-12yrs
1:00 p.m Egg Trot 13-17
1:15pm Egg Trot Adults/Seniors
MAIN STAGE EVENTS
1:30 p.m.—Caspar Babypants!
If you didn’t buy a wristband in advance – required for adults AND kids – it’s $5. (2801 SW Thistle)
FIFTH EGG HUNT – DURING EASTER TEA AT VILLA HEIDELBERG, 2 PM: Reservations required – details, including pricing, on the event’s calendar page. (4845 45th SW)
And now, the non-egg hunt, non-traffic highlights:
K-5 STEM AT BOREN DESIGN TEAM: Long meeting today, to determine school’s curriculum. 8:30-noon at district HQ in SODO (map on our calendar-listing page)
FRIENDS OF LINCOLN PARK WORK PARTY: 9 am, meet across from Fauntleroy/Rose (map and info here)
LAST CHANCE TO TOUR EX-FIRE STATION 37 BEFORE SALE OFFERS ARE DUE: The second and final open house, 10 am-2 pm today. Offers are due on April 20th. (More info & location – calendar listing)
WINE, FOOD, ART AT ADMIRAL SAFEWAY: Special event, noon-4 pm, details here. (2622 California SW)
CRAFTS AND DRAUGHTS AT SKYLARK: “West Seattle’s monthly craft fair,” as it’s described on the event’s Facebook page. Happy hour food and drink pricing! 4-7 pm (3803 Delridge Way SW)
WINE, ART, MUSIC AT ALKI ARTS: Tonight at the beach, 6-9 pm, C. Sharp Art opening at Alki Arts, with wine tasting and live music. (2820 Alki SW)
OWLING IN LINCOLN PARK: Longtime West Seattle naturalist Stewart Wechsler will take you on a tour! 7-10 pm – details on his website.
‘ROCKY HORROR’ AT MIDNIGHT: Start your Easter Sunday with … “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” The monthly midnight screening at Admiral Theater (2343 California SW)
And even more events are listed here.
If you ever wonder where those beautiful hummingbirds seen in local yards go to nest, or rest … maybe they all go to Fauntleroy. “Woodsman Steve” shares this photo by friend Michael Oxman, taken in Fauntleroy Park. “Pretty special since you never see a hummer sitting still,” observed Steve. “In fact, in all my years on this planet I have never seen a nest.”
(It’s been exactly one year since the last time we were lucky enough to receive a hummingbird-nest photo to share with you … last year the folks at The Kenney [WSB sponsor] on the north end of Fauntleroy were watching theirs!)
ADDED SATURDAY NIGHT: Steve later shared another photo by Michael, same hummingbird, different angle:Read More
As a follow-up to our spotlight story at noontime Friday about the undefeated Chief Sealth International High School boys-varsity soccer team, we headed over to the Southwest Athletic Complex on Friday afternoon to roll video as Sealth faced Rainier Beach. The game turned out to be win #8, with a final score of 5-0 (here’s the scoring summary, as published by our partners at the Seattle Times). Above, video of the first half; second half video is after the jump:Read More
No way to tell if this was casing or legit, but a WSB’er wanted to get the word out about this Friday night encounter:
We live in townhomes on Fauntleroy Way SW near Morgan Junction. Around 8:45 PM, a white male approximately 5’8 140 lbs. with short brown hair wearing a black coat, white t-shirt, blue jeans and carrying a backpack knocked on the rear door of our unit. He said he was sorry to bother us but was wondering who he could talk to about leasing a unit in our development. These units are all owner-occupied and there are no real-estate signs advertising vacancy, etc. When we told him all units were owned he said he was sorry to bother us again and left on foot. We reported the suspicious activity to SPD and, after speaking with neighbors in the development, learned that they had seen him in the alley behind the units (near the off-street parking) and he had approached them and asked the same question.
What our tipster did is exactly what police ask you to do – particularly if the suspicious person or activity is happening NOW – call them (911 is preferred, SPD has said again recently; they can always refer you elsewhere if determining it’s not “happening now” or otherwise urgent).
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