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West Seattle scenes: Stunning summer sunset & ‘supermoon’

The rising “super moon” was supposed to be the star tonight, but the sunset outshone it. Thanks to Tom Marx for the first photo. From Upper Alki, JayDee caught a ferry in view too:

Meantime, looking eastward, the supermoon had clouds to contend with, but longtime WSB contributor Christopher Boffoli caught this view through the crane over Spruce:

Back to the sunset – this is from Gary Jones:

From TP:

ADDED SUNDAY: Thanks to MM for this view:

And thanks again to EVERYONE for sharing photos with the community via WSB. or text to 206-293-6302 any time.

Ticket sales Tuesday for 2013 West Seattle Garden Tour

The West Seattle Garden Tour is now less than one month away, and ticket sales are days away, starting this Tuesday (June 25th). Each ticket is $18 (children under 12 are free) and includes the noon lecture with author and outdoor-living expert Debra Prinzing. The tour is 9 am to 5 pm on Sunday, July 21st. Here are the ticket locations in our area:

Admiral Metropolitan Market, 2320 42nd SW

Junction True Value, 4747 44th SW

Village Green Perennial Nursery, 10223 26th Ave SW

West Seattle Nursery, 5275 California SW

To the right, you’re seeing the winning art for this year’s WSGT poster, “Blooming Palette,” created by Carrie Schmitt. Carrie receiving her prize check for $500 at Windermere West Seattle during last week’s June West Seattle Art Walk:

Posters will be sold for $10 during the tour, and Carrie’s original piece will be part of a silent auction during the tour on July 21st. The money raised, as well as other tour proceeds, will benefit these organizations.

As-it-happened coverage: Morgan Junction Community Festival 2013

(Festival performance schedule here * Pet parade/contest schedule here)

Big smiles not only from festivalgoers of all ages, but from the Morgan Community Association as this year’s Morgan Junction Community Festival gets under way in bright sunshine – one year after a relentless downpour ended things early. No chance today! And this year, the festival covers more ground than ever – from California/Graham (food trucks and the game “cornhole” behind the future home of The Bridge and behind the business building across Graham), to three sides of the California/Fauntleroy intersection (including where we are behind Feedback Lounge, with dozens of other businesses and vendors).

Southwest Precinct Community Police Team Officer Flores stopped by to offer a peek inside an SPD cruiser. Lots to look at and listen for; Bubbleman is performing in the park right now, and will be back at 4 pm – check whether he’s in the park or across California in the kid zone, when you get here. Lots of live music The kid zone, meantime (next to Washington Federal), is hosting one of the four food trucks here today:

Fez is West Seattle-based and newly launched. Lots of food options here today, including Morgan Junction’s year-round restaurants, many of which are sponsoring the festival, plus you can buy barbecued lunch at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) on the southeast corner of California/Fauntleroy – here are Michele and Reid from Thriftway with (at left) Cindi Barker from MoCA:

Today’s barbecue proceeds go to MoCA for next year’s festival; they should be grilling till about 4 pm.

12:51 PM UPDATE: Still lots of time to get here for the Bark of Morgan pet parade at 2 pm at the park (and competitions at 2:15 pm in the Washington Federal lot) – just might see Cooper there:

Cooper’s person is John Moore, whose Northwest Insurance Group (WSB sponsor) is located in Morgan Junction, in the new building on the northwest corner of California/Graham. Which is “paws” for another reminder – this is a sprawling festival, multiple venues across two-plus blocks, most NOT visible from California SW (except for what’s in the park), so don’t just pass by, walk or ride or drive and come wander both sides of California just north of Fauntleroy.

1:59 PM UPDATE: First candidate sighting at the festival, State Sen. Ed Murray.

His run for Seattle Mayor was endorsed last week by the 34th District Democrats, who also are boothing here at the festival – you’ll find them right behind Zeeks, next to the Full Tilt Ice Cream stand. This is a two-level area – about a dozen booths in the lot right behind the building, including Ventana Construction (WSB sponsor) with their “West Seattle Chamber Business of the Year” banner, plus their trio making and selling duct-tape creations:

Next to Ventana you’ll see Animal Aid and Rescue Foundation and Madrid Frame; we’re across from them, next to Karen and Deb from the West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network. on the lower lot west of us, a dozen more booths, including everything from art to the West Seattle Democratic Women to Morgan Junction-relocated Super Supplements to a King County team with more information on the ongoing Combined Sewer Overflow control projects in the area.

Festival’s on till 7; Bark of Morgan dog-parade coverage coming up next. And thanks to all the awesome people who have stopped by to say hi and chat so far; glad to see everybody out on a sunny afternoon.

2:55 PM UPDATE: Video from the dog parade:

By the way, over at the kid zone by California Federal, there’s open-mike time, if you know any youth interested in performing, reading, etc. – last chance per the festival program is 6:15 pm. That’s also when the last band of the day will perform in the park – Matt the Hoopla, “an electrifying ’70s rock experience” – don’t miss ’em. Right now, the Tongan Choir is performing – sounds great from here, and we’ll be adding video later.

Though the music continues till 7, the booths usually pack up by 6, so if you’re thinking of coming down and checking out the vendors/organizations, don’t wait too much longer!

4:18 PM UPDATE: Chas Redmond, MoCA vice president and music-lineup organizer, stopped by – this year, as he reminded us, there’s a speaker pointed toward the vendor area so we can hear the music too. He is also putting together the music for the Alki Art Fair next month and says it’ll have more than 40 acts! Meantime, here’s the picture of the day:

That’s Rita Dixson from The Bridge, Gary Sink from Beveridge Place Pub, and Jeff Gilbert from Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), future semi-neighbors, once The Bridge remodels and moves into the ex-Chuck and Sally’s, a site which became part of the festival this year, for the first time. (Here’s our Friday story with new renderings for the draft concept of its future look.)

5:13 PM UPDATE: Some of our fellow boothers have started packing up; visits to the back lot here have slowed down. And we’ve just been told this area will clear out at 5:30. Music in the park continues, as promised. And so does the unofficial afterparty in the local restaurants/lounges, who will get their parking back once we’re out.

5:33 PM UPDATE: Before we pack up – just saw Donna Sandstrom of The Whale Trail, and chatted with her about the speaker series just wrapped up. She tells us TWT will be at West Seattle Summer Fest in The Junction this year – so look for that chance to learn more about our local whales. We’ll be there in the information booth as usual; the dates this year are Friday-Sunday, July 12th-14th.

ADDED SUNDAY: In case you missed the closing band, ’70s-inspired Matt the Hoopla, here’s a sample:

West Seattle scene: Seen at Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza

Thanks to Dan for the photo of this guerrilla art/protest that appeared at Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza this morning. Babs sent photos too, wondering “what’s the story?” We don’t know who created it; do you?

7:33 PM UPDATE: Went to the beach to see if it was still there. It is, with the flag removed, as commenter Dian noted at mid-afternoon:

West Seattle Saturday: Morgan Junction Festival; wading pool; car washes; picnic; puppets; Field Day; more…

West Seattle from the sky, courtesy of Aaron Tate, who went up in the “Nine Oh Nine” B-17 with his dad on Friday and says it’s at Boeing Field/Museum of Flight for ground and aerial tours this weekend (more info here). Back here on the ground, here’s what’s going on:

ROAD CLOSURES, BUS CHANGES: We’ve been talking about it all week, and now it’s here – good luck and have fun if you’re running the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon/Half-Marathon; even if you’re not, the road closures and bus changes might affect you, most notably, the northbound 99 closure 5 am-3:30 pm. Road closures are detailed here; bus changes, here.

BENEFIT CAR WASHES: The Chief Sealth International High School Cheerleaders are at John L. Scott (5242 California SW) 10 am-3 pm, details here; Girl Scout Troop 40766 is washing cars at West Seattle Autoworks (35th/Webster; WSB sponsor), 11 am-3 pm.

BATTERY AND CELLPHONE RECYCLING: The five-day collection that’s also part of a neighborhood-vs.-neighborhood competition begins today during regular daily hours at the West Seattle (Admiral) Library, which is open today 10 am-6 pm. It’s explained in our preview from earlier this week. (2306 42nd SW)

WEST SEATTLE KIWANIS BENEFIT SALE: The Kiwanis Club of West Seattle is raising money for its administrative fund with a 20-family yard sale today, 10 am-4 pm. “Something for everyone, some vintage,” reports Shari Sewell. (5637 42nd SW)

MAYORAL CANDIDATES TALK PUBLIC SAFETY: 10 am candidates’ forum today at City Hall, sponsored by the Precinct Advisory Councils around the city (including Southwest PAC), all welcome; here’s our original preview.

MORGAN JUNCTION COMMUNITY FESTIVAL: 10:30 am-7 pm, at multiple sites north of California/Fauntleroy – come say hi to us and other businesses/organizations in the lot behind Feedback Lounge/Zeeks Pizza (WSB sponsors); kids’ activities and more next to California Federal; the Bark of Morgan pet parade and other contests, along with music and other performances, in Morgan Junction Park; food trucks in the lots behind the future home of The Bridge (where you can go play “cornhole” too!) and the building north across California/Graham, as well as in the food venues participating in the Bite of Morgan food sampling (from Harry’s Chicken Joint [WSB sponsor] southward). See the schedule on the Morgan Community Association webpage and the updates in our Friday story.

LOW-LOW TIDE: 10:32 this morning, it’s out to -3.2 feet. Seattle Aquarium beach naturalists are out on Constellation Park (south of Alki Point) and Lincoln Park (near Colman Pool) beaches from 10 am-1:30 pm.

WADING POOL SEASON BEGINS: The first of West Seattle’s city-run wading pools to open is Lincoln Park, starting at 11 am today. Here’s the full season schedule for all wading pools citywide.

TRAVEL TRENDS AND PACKING WORKSHOP: Big trip on the horizon? AAA-West Seattle has some advice for you at today’s workshop, 11 am in their Jefferson Square HQ; details in our calendar listing. (East side of inner Jefferson Square, 42nd between Alaska and Edmunds)

FIELD DAY/DISASTER READINESS FOR AMATEUR-RADIO OPERATORS: 11 am today till noon Sunday, the West Seattle Amateur Radio Club is in action as part of a big exercise with other operators; they’re on the south side of the South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor) campus, and you are invited to stop by and see what they do and how they do it, any time. Details in our Friday night preview. (6000 16th SW)

WEST SEATTLE ADOPTIVE FAMILIES: Come picnic with this new group seeking to connect adoptive families in West Seattle! Roxhill Park, 12:15 pm – details here. (9244 29th SW)

JUNCTION 5 LAUNCH PARTY: 1-4 pm today, you are invited to tour the newly complete Junction 5 project, certified 5-star green-built view townhouses. See photos on Facebook. (45th/Oregon)

NO ALKI LIGHTHOUSE TOURS TODAY: The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, whose volunteers staff the summertime tours at the Alki Point Lighthouse, announced earlier this week that there would be no tours today. Tomorrow, though, they’ll be back! 1-4 pm.

‘DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE’: 3 pm at West Seattle (Admiral) Library, Rowbes Puppet Productions presents this rabbit tale for ages 2 and up. Details on the library website. (2306 42nd SW)

MARLEY’S GHOST: Returning to Kenyon Hall! So much musical variety, you’ll have to read about it in the calendar listing. (7904 35th SW)

WEST SIDE GLORY: Doors for this “queer variety show” open 8 pm, showtime 9 pm at Skylark Café and Club. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

Skies Over West Seattle: First summer edition of 2013

EDITOR’S NOTE: What a difference a night makes – between Friday night’s sunset and Thursday night’s official Summer Solstice Sunset Watch with jackets and umbrellas:

If you haven’t met her, that’s Alice Enevoldsen at center, photographed by WSB’s Katie Meyer. A handful of people joined her in braving the Thursday night rain. Now, as for what else is happening over us in the weeks ahead – here’s her latest in a series of WSB features:

By Alice Enevoldsen
Special to West Seattle Blog

Welcome to summer! School’s out, the nights are warm, the skies are less cloudy. It’s wonderful. It also doesn’t get decently dark until after 10 pm, unless it is cloudy.

Hey! What’s That?

Well, before I get into solar effects and sundogs, let’s look at what you might have seen recently in the night sky. If you were seeing a stationary object in the night sky, it could have been a number of bright stars, but the prime suspects are Arcturus, Vega, or maybe Antares. Otherwise it was likely Saturn.

Arcturus: directly overhead

Vega: high in the East

Antares: very low in the Southeast

Saturn: medium-high in the Southwest (Watch carefully, there are two objects there. Saturn is the one that doesn’t twinkle and is slightly yellower)

Sun Effects

We saw a beautiful halo around the Sun last week.

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