West Seattle, Washington
Get your shoes on, get your bells on, get your personal string of lights on, and join the annual Christmas Lights Run with West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor). Meet at the shop, 2743 California SW – remember, WSR has moved since last year! – at 6 pm Sunday. WSR co-proprietor Lori McConnell shared the route map (above), “in case any neighbors want to carol us as we run by, make sure they have their lights on, or leave cookies for our reindeer (me and Tim).” As further explained in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide:
We will run about a 3-mile loop of easy running and walking to view the lights in West Seattle. We do stop at the Helmstetler Light Show, so please bring a canned food item if you can for their food drive. We welcome elves, Santas, reindeer, and any costume you can think of!! Wear your battery-operated Christmas lights (or any other reflective gear or lamps you have to see and be seen). Post run, we will have cookies and cocoa and cider. This is simply a social, festive group run … not a good fit for those looking for a race. We can’t wait!
We publish reader reports about coyote sightings periodically, with educational intent as much as anything. Within the past half-hour, we received a text (on our 24/7 hotline, 206-293-6302) from someone saying there are “coyotes in the yards at 52nd/Charlestown.” Too dark for a photo, the texter says. Meantime, back on Monday, here’s what Rose saw:
First time I have seen a coyote traveling the open streets and sidewalks in broad daylight. This one looks like it has either completely shed all its fur or it has mange. Came up 39th and turned onto Lander Street cruising the neighborhood. I know for sure it was a coyote because my cat Manitou, who happened to be outside at the time, froze until he went by across the street, then ran like greased lightning for the back door and wanted IN with a very bushed tail. Wise cat, and something he never does about dog.
If you haven’t read this information about coexisting with coyotes before – it’s worth a look. Most important advice: If you see one, do what you can to scare it away, for its sake and yours – yell, wave your arms to look “big,” even throw rocks.
Today’s final one-time Santa event is under way right now at Easy Street Records – as previewed here earlier this week, Cocoa Cris Cringle is making his seasonal appearance. He might just be the jolliest Santa you’ll see all season; as shown in the photo above, featuring Atticus and Mark, you can be a character too – with hats and props in CCC’s “Theatrical Holiday Photo Funomenon.” And it’s a benefit for the West Seattle Food Bank – good time for a good cause – ESR in The Junction at California/Alaska until 9 pm.
Until 7 pm, “Cartooning Santa” is making his annual appearance at Luna Park Café (2918 SW Avalon Way), not just listening to Christmas wishes but also drawing! With him in our photo above, that’s Mickey. Cartoons and DIY photos are free, by the way – your holiday gift from Luna Park.
Congratulation to the West Seattle Shock of the WS Soccer Club for their citywide soccer championship! Jenny Ancich sent the photo and report:
Whoo-hoo! West Seattle Shock Boys U16 just won the SYSA city tournament championship played in Shoreline.
Led by Coach Dan Day, Shock was down 3-0 at half. They fought their way back to take the lead; then the game ended up tied at 5-5 at end of regulation play. Shock then won on a penalty kick shootout. A very exciting game for all! Go, Shock!
According to the tournament schedule, the Shock’s opponent was Magnolia Fake Madrid.
(WSB photo: Santa at Emerald Water Anglers, with Nessa and friend)
This afternoon brings multiple Santa Claus sightings in West Seattle – three of them one-time-only, starting with this one at Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor), 42nd SW & SW Oregon in The Junction. Santa’s at EWA until 4 pm, free DIY photos (note the shop’s cool mural as a backdrop!), but they are accepting donations to the Wild Steelhead Coalition if you’re so moved.
ORIGINAL REPORT, 11:57 AM: After almost 2 years, the bistro Cassis has suddenly closed on Alki. Thanks to those who messaged us with tips about this, learning of the closure while trying this morning to reach the restaurant for dinner reservations. Here’s the message on the front page of the restaurant’s website:
Cassis Closes For Now.
Dear beloved patrons, due to unexpected events – we have closed our doors after service, Friday, December 18. We will see you soon in a new location.
We just talked briefly to proprietor Jef Fike, who confirmed his restaurant is closed and will not be reopening in West Seattle.
Cassis’s opening at 2820 Alki SW in February 2014 generated much excitement, as the revival of a popular bistro Fike had operated on Capitol Hill almost a decade earlier. He had just sent a newsletter to patrons a few weeks ago, saying he planned to take a holiday vacation this year for the first time in eight years, but said in the newsletter that he would be leaving the restaurant in the hands of his staff. Then this morning, readers alerted us to the closure news they had discovered while seeking reservations.
1:21 PM UPDATE: New twist: We received a call from a man identifying himself as Andy Dekle, Cassis’s chef, saying he’s a member of the ownership group and that this is a “temporary” closure resulting from a “disagreement” and that he plans to reopen in this space and is hoping to do so by New Year’s Eve. We pointed out that when we stopped by Cassis to confirm the closure with Fike this morning, things were being boxed up and moved out. He said he’s aware of that. Stay tuned.
Checking the city Department of Planning and Development (new names soon) online files for end-of-week updates of interest, we found two:
2ND DESIGN REVIEW BOARD MEETING FOR 1250 ALKI SW: It’ll be an all-almost-waterfront-project lineup when the Southwest Design Review Board has its second meeting of the new year on January 21st. We’ve already reported that 1307 Harbor SW – the mixed-use project for the old Alki Tavern site and neighboring parcels – is up for its next review at 6:30 that night. Now the second slot on the schedule, 8 pm, is slated for the board’s second look at Perch, the proposed ~100-unit apartment building at 1250 Alki SW. Its first review, in October, drew a large turnout (WSB coverage here; official city report here). The meeting will be at the SWDRB’s usual venue, the Sisson Building (WS Senior Center) at Oregon/California in The Junction.
7 UNITS FOR 4439 41ST SW: Another followup today on 4439 41st SW, where neighbors – including a church and school – voiced concern last year over a then-proposed 40-unit apartment building with five offstreet parking spaces replacing a 105-year-old single-family house. Two months ago, we reported on a new plan for the site – a four-unit rowhouse, plus a lot split, with no indication at the time of what the other lot would hold. Now the city files show a two-unit townhouse plus one single-family house added to the site, for a total of seven units proposed. The new site plan showing all seven units indicates four offstreet parking spaces are planned behind the rowhouses, and a garage for each of the three other units.
(Amanita, photographed at Lincoln Park by Machel Spence)
FABULOUS FAMILY FUN – OCTOPUSES: 10:30 am session for kids 3-5 and families, 11:15 am for 5 and up, with visitors from the Seattle Aquarium at High Point Community Center. Free. (6920 34th SW)
‘STAR WARS’ GAMES AT MEEPLES: 11 am-9 pm today, first of two days of a weekend-long “Star Wars” event at Meeples Games (WSB sponsor) – see the full updated schedule on the Meeples website. (3727 California SW)
HOLIDAY MUSIC AT THRIFTWAY: Gary Benson on guitar at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor), 12-3 pm, followed by We Three Carolers 3-5 pm. (Fauntleroy/California/Morgan)
SANTA AT EWA: Santa at Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor) – “Pictures with Santa Claus @ EWA! Santa will be in the store from 1-4 pm. All ages are welcome — you’re never too old to sit on Santa’s Lap!” (42nd SW & SW Oregon)
COCOA CRIS CRINGLE: Easy Street Records is again hosting Cocoa Cris Cringle, as a benefit for the West Seattle Food Bank; it’s his 7th annual “Theatrical Holiday Photo Funomenon“! 4-9 pm, “shop for records, enjoy hot cocoa, and prepare to have a truly unique holiday photo experience … Cocoa welcomes families, individuals, groups, and most pets. … Suggested donation $15-$20, superflexible. Includes 3 poses with a variety of hats, props, and a fog machine. One printed photo to take with you, and shots with your smartphone or camera.” (California/Alaska)
‘CARTOONING SANTA’: 4-7 pm at Luna Park Café – 4-7 pm. From the café: “Food and beverage specials; have our Santa draw a cartoon for your little one or get a Santa picture (bring your camera). All the Luna Elves are working hard to get everything decorated and prepared for a fun evening! Hope to see you all there!!!!” (2918 SW Avalon Way)
WEST SEATTLE SANTAS: 3rd annual West Seattle Santas Pub Crawl. Per this schedule, starts at 6 pm at Coastline in The Junction. (4444 California SW)
MERCY MERCI: Live music at Admiral Bird, 6:30 pm. (California SW & SW Admiral Way)
SWTLC WINTER FEST: Teens are invited tonight to Winter Fest at Southwest Teen Life Center, 7-10 pm, with dinner at 7, games and more at 8. (2801 SW Thistle)
THE AMPLIFY PROJECT: 7:30 pm singer/songwriter showcase and benefit at The Junction Church – details here. (4157 California SW)
‘WONDERFUL LIFE’: “Wonderful Life” is the show this holiday season at ArtsWest in The Junction. Wednesday – Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 3 pm, no performances Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Buy tickets online here. (4711 California SW)
More holiday events/info, through New Year’s Day, in our guide, including church services; if we’re missing your event/service, please e-mail us at email@example.com – thanks!