West Seattle, Washington
Tomorrow night, “Top Gun” is on the big screen in the Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) courtyard (4410 California SW) as the grand finale to this year’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies season, and the weather’s looking good. We featured the movie’s trailer earlier this week – so the clip above is a different preview, the official music video for the big love song from the 1986 hit, Berlin‘s “Take My Breath Away” (with movie scenes as well as the musicians in a vaguely relevant setting). The movie’s co-sponsors are bringing something extra – Pagliacci Pizza will have free pizza; Jackson, Morgan & Hunt PLLC (WSB sponsor) has put together a “Top Gun” basket for the raffle benefiting WestSide Baby – including tickets to the Museum of Flight! – and there’ll be live preshow music by Jeremy Serwer and the Spaghetti Benders. The movie’s expected to start around 8:15 pm; come early, stake out your spot, get your pizza, buy raffle tickets (concessions will benefit WS Baby too), and enjoy summer’s last movie night.
Two West Seattle wildlife photos to share tonight – first, received a little while ago from contributing photojournalist Christopher Boffoli, a young bird
he identifies as a juvenile bald eagle (commenters ID it as a hawk): “I just spotted this guy sunning himself on a utility wire over my alley near the Junction.”
Next, Alki photographer David Hutchinson spotted these two baby raccoons on the beach earlier this week:
The city’s new rules about employer-paid sick leave and safe time are about to take effect, so the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce is co-sponsoring a workshop to help businesses be sure they’re in compliance. It’s next Tuesday (August 28th), 5:30-7 pm at Neighborhood House‘s High Point Center (6400 Sylvan Way SW). The workshop is free but the Chamber requests that you pre-register – you can use this link to do that online right now, or call 206-932-5685. (If you’re not sure whether the new law applies to your business – the city offers lots of info here.)
When SDOT announced late Thursday that the long-awaited new 1st Avenue South onramp/offramp from the westbound Spokane Street Viaduct would open next Friday (WSB coverage here), they hadn’t set a time yet – but now they have. Just heard from project spokesperson Paul Elliott that the ramp will be open by 6 am Friday (August 31st).
(WSB photo of boat rides during 2008 Duwamish River Festival)
Sunshine is expected again tomorrow, so it’ll be a great day to spend part of your Saturday a short distance east of West Seattle, at Duwamish Waterway Park in South Park, for the annual Duwamish River Festival.
The day will start with the Walk/Bike/Paddle fundraiser to help support the festival and get you there in a fun way – starting at 9 am, with departures from West Seattle. Not too late to sign up! Check out the options here.
T’ilibshudub/“Singing Feet”, Duwamish Tribal Youth Dance Group – 12-12:30 p.m.
Flokórico Guelaguetza, Mexican folkloric dance – 12:45-1:15 p.m.
Rainier Vista Khmer Dance Group, the longest running Cambodian Culture Dance Group in Seattle that presents our Khmer heritage – 1:30-2:00 p.m.
Vicious Puppies Crew, mind-blowing break dancing youth group – 2:15-2:45 p.m.
Supersones, Rootsy, acoustic Cuban dance music from the Northwest’s premier Son band – 3-3:50 p.m.
We will have a bouncy house that will be going from 12:30-4:00 p.m., a dunk tank that will be happening for 10 minutes every half hour … we will have raffles inbetween acts, last year’s Seafair Queen (Veronica Quintero) will be our bilingual MC, a fire truck for the first couple of hours, boat and kayak tours, a free water taxi running from Georgetown to South Park, a bicycle repair shop (throughout the whole event), free lunch (tamales, hot dogs and salad), interactive educational booths and many other things.
If you have been thinking and/or dreaming of remodeling, you might as well take local experts up on their offer of free advice, no obligation. Award-winning Ventana Construction (longtime WSB sponsor) is hosting another free workshop at its West Seattle headquarters tomorrow (northeast corner of California and Findlay) and you’re invited – noon to 1 pm, with information about custom building too. Here’s the Facebook page for the event; just call 206-932-3009 ASAP to RSVP. (P.S. If your potential remodeling zone is the basement, check out what Ventana co-owner Anne Higuera shared with houzz.com.)
Before you check out for the weekend – a traffic reminder for Sunday morning. Alki Avenue SW will be closed approximately 8-11 am Sunday, from 63rd SW eastward, for the annual Northwest Hope and Healing-benefiting Alki Beach 5K. (In case you’d like to sign up – there’s registration info in our detailed preview from earlier this week.)
TAI CHI AT SEATTLE CHINESE GARDEN: Drop-in class with Restita DeJesus from the Seattle Wushu Center, 4:30 pm. The garden is on the north end of the South Seattle Community College campus (6000 16th SW).
SUMMER CONCERTS AT THE MOUNT, SEASON FINALE – ALOHA! Rainbow of Hawaii performs at 6 pm at Providence Mount St. Vincent (WSB sponsor) in the parking lot/courtyard area on the south side of the campus (4831 35th SW). The show is free; starting at 5:30 pm, if you’re interested, dinner/drinks can be purchased; tonight’s dinner entree is a jerk chicken sandwich with mango salsa, and hot dogs/hamburgers (including veggie options) are available too.
WINE TASTING: At Bin 41 in The Junction, 6-7:30 pm, “wacky wines with Greg from Cordon. … Greg shares our passion for being open minded and trying new things. … He’ll be pouring a Tokaji Furmint Sec from Hungary, a white made from Romorantin (local grape in the Cheverny appellation of the Loire Valley, a Carignan from the Languedoc Roussilon region, a hearty red from the Duoro region of Portugal and another fun red.”
SKATING AT ALKI COMMUNITY CENTER: 6:45-8:45 pm, the almost-weekly roller-skating event; more info in our listing.
NIGHTLIFE: At Skylark Café and Club, some of the folks who brought you Morning Glory Drag Brunch (which recently had its finale) are launching the West Side Glory variety show, tonight at 8 pm, details on this Facebook event page … Barbie Anaka sings at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor), 8 pm … At Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), Chloroformula and special guest Brad Yaeger & the Country Gentlemen perform, 9 pm … And announced by Bamboo Bar and Grill on Alki:
West Seattle resident DJ Aussie will be playing the hottest tunes, mixing them with your favourite old skool, 70s, 80s, 90s, today, and top 40 hits! GM John will be there with us, as well as Security. Come and enjoy an awesome night out with your friends partying, and ‘shaking ya tail feather.’ 10 pm-1 am
And at The Bridge:
Billy Joe Huels of the Dusty 45s playing with special guests. This guy is amazing and we are expecting quite a show on the dance floor! Lots of great swing dancers are expected to make an appearance. Honky Tonk Party!!!