West Seattle, Washington
Another tale of people helping people arrived in the WSB inbox this Christmas Day night. Everyone involved had West Seattle ties – but it happened many miles away:
My husband and I, Ric and Diane Ferrero of the Arroyos, wanted to share why we love West Seattleites. On Christmas Day, we were heading back home to West Seattle after spending a couple of days with our grandkids and family in Spokane. Heading over Snoqualmie Pass, chains were required so we pulled over to chain up. There were a lot of cars on the side of the road chaining up before heading over the pass. The guy behind us was done with his and he came over to help us with our chains. He said that he worked for Les Schwab and we asked where and he said he was the manager of the new West Seattle store. He didn’t want any money for his help, just thought he would lend us a hand. We just want to say thank you to our new best friend Chris Ackland, manager of Les Schwab in West Seattle. Here is a picture of Chris and Ric puttng on the chains before we head over the pass. Thanks, Chris!
We’re bringing out the West Seattle Christmas Lights map tonight because we just got word of one more home to add. From Ken and Cora:
We have another light show up and running. Its one that’s inspired by the Helmstetler family show and we use similar equipment, although a much more modest display (this year, at least). Our light show follows a number of Holiday songs and we broadcast on FM at 101.9 MhZ and have a small set of speakers set up, too.
We are located at 4120 38th AVE SW (just a few blocks away from the Helmstetler family display).
Currently our shows occur at 6:00PM, 6:40PM, 7:20PM, 8:00PM and 8:40PM. The program lasts about half an hour.
Heard all those classic holiday favorites way too many times by now? Here are a few more holiday selections – recorded in West Seattle. Above, Belles and Beaux performing “Carol of the Wise Men” at Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor) earlier this month – you can find other seasonal performances on the Tibbetts YouTube channel (choral, keyboard, more). Meantime, we also happened onto 4th graders from Hope Lutheran School with a simple, short and sweet version of “Jingle Bells” :
Tweeted early today by HistoryLink.org: A tale of what “Seattle’s First Christmas” might have been like for the Denny Party settlers, 161 years ago. One feature the story has in common with today: Pouring rain. Read it here.
(Decorated boats accompanying the Christmas Ship at Lowman Beach, 12/8/12; photo by Nick Adams for WSB)
Merry Christmas! Here’s some info we hope will be helpful on this holiday:
TRANSIT: Metro’s on a Sunday schedule; no Water Taxi; the Fauntleroy state-ferry route is on a 2-boat schedule.
TRASH/RECYCLING ON ONE-DAY DELAY: No pickup today – everything for the rest of the week is on one-day delay, so if you usually have Tuesday service, it’s tomorrow instead.
COFFEE SHOPS OPEN TODAY: Condensed from our full holiday list, here’s who told us they’d be open today:
Alki Juice and Java: 9 am– 2 pm
Caffé Delia (WSB sponsor): 9 am–12 pm
Caffé Ladro: 7 am–12 pm
Café Rozella: 8 am–2 pm
Diva Espresso: 8 am–1 pm
Freshy’s Coffee: 8 am–2 pm
Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor): 8 am–2 pm
Red Cup Espresso: 8 am–12 pm
Starbucks Admiral, Morgan Junction, 35th/Fauntleroy: 7 am–4 pm
Tully’s on Alki: 6 am–6 pm
RESTAURANTS OPEN TODAY: 13 told us they would be open today/tonight. Find them on our holiday restaurant-hours list.
GROCERY STORES OPEN TODAY: QFC and Safeway are open today – hours are on our holiday list.
CHURCH SERVICES: There are four Christmas Day services on our holiday list – see it here.
MOVIES: West Seattle’s Admiral Theater is open this afternoon/evening – here’s the schedule
WEST SEATTLE LIGHTS: The music-synched lights at 39th/Charlestown will run till midnight tonight – full schedule (and song lists) here.
NEWS: WSB never closes. Hoping for a quiet day, but if you see/hear news, text/call as always, any time – 206-293-6302 – or, if it’s not urgent, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you and Merry Christmas!
(Photo courtesy Jason Grotelueschen)
The “snow” that fell during Hope Lutheran Church‘s Christmas Eve services is apparently the only kind anyone in West Seattle will be seeing this holiday – the forecast has changed. The late-night forecast update from the National Weather Service now only mentions snow as a possibility for our neighbors across Puget Sound – and that’s reinforced by the 3 am “forecast discussion,” which basically says it’s not cold enough.