West Seattle Saturday: Bee Festival, barbecue, Catio Tour, birds, poetry, ‘Lion King,’ more!

(WSB photo: If you go to The Junction this weekend, you’ll see the hanging flower baskets, which arrived Friday)

Rain or shine, here are the highlights of our West Seattle weekend, day 1. First, a few notes:

TRAFFIC ALERTS: **No** bridge closure tonight – next one is Sunday night. If you’re going to/through SODO, note that Sounders FC hosts Colorado tonight at CenturyLink Field, 7 pm. And if you’ll be on Alki late tonight, remember the Sunday morning parking restrictions/road closures for the West Seattle 5K.

HELICOPTERS: Might be some unusual sightings today because of the American Heroes Airshow at the nearby Museum of Flight – it’s on our calendar because aviation draws so much interest here!

Now, as for what’s happening in West Seattle and vicinity …

TAI CHI AT THE BEACH: 9 am-10 am by Alki Bathhouse, with Lao-Shi Caylen Storm. (61st SW/Alki SW)

WHITE CENTER LIBRARY DEDICATION: White Center’s brand-new King County Library System branch is finished and ready to open. Party starts at 9:30 am today. When you visit, look for WSB contributing photojournalist Christopher Boffoli’s image “Octopus Survey” in a conference room – it was still wrapped up and awaiting installation when he photographed it on Friday:


(1409 SW 107th)

WEST SEATTLE BEE FESTIVAL: 10 am festival, 11 am parade, and much more! See our Friday night preview. Come visit us at the Vendor/Info Fair! High Point Commons Park (including the West Seattle Bee Garden) and Neighborhood House’s High Point Center. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)

LEARN TO PAINT MINIATURES: 11 am at Meeples Games (WSB sponsor) – as explained on the Meeples website – all ages but a parent must accompany anyone under 12. (3727 California SW)

(update – rained out) BARBECUE BENEFIT: Another benefit barbecue lunch at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor), 11 am-4 pm. Today, it’s burgers and hot dogs, benefiting Northwest Harvest. (California/Fauntleroy/Morgan)

FRIENDSHOP POP-UP: Friends of the Seattle Public Library will have a pop-up shop on the front steps of the West Seattle (Admiral) Library today, 11:30 am-3:30 pm – here’s what it’s all about. (2306 42nd SW)

PACKET PICKUP AND REGISTRATION FOR WEST SEATTLE 5K: Noon-6 pm at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), you can pick up your packet for Sunday morning’s West Seattle 5K if you’re already registered, or register if you’re not! (2743 California SW)

CATIO TOUR: Two West Seattle “catios” are on the map for today’s noon-4 pm self-guided tour – details in our calendar listing.

BIRDS OF THE DUWAMISH VALLEY: 1-3 pm at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse, presentation and walk – details in our calendar listing. (4205 W. Marginal Way SW)

WRITE YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD! With Seattle’s Civic Poet (and West Seattle resident) Claudia Castro Luna, 1-3 pm at High Point Library, a “fun and interactive afternoon reading and writing poetry.” Free but first-come, first-served. (35th SW/SW Raymond)

HIGHLAND PARK UNCORKED: Sold out, so this is just a reminder if you’ve signed up – the Highland Park Improvement Club‘s annual wine-tasting benefit is tonight, 5:30 pm doors open, 7 pm tasting begins! Co-sponsors include WSB. (12th SW/SW Holden)

LAFAYETTE’S ‘THE LION KING’: All are welcome to enjoy Lafayette Elementary‘s “The Lion King” tonight, 7 pm, at West Seattle High School. Performances are by kids in grades 3rd through 5th who attend Lafayette. Free admission; concessions on sale. (3000 California SW)

ROO FORREST AND FRIENDS: Originals and covers at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

MADELINE BERSAMINA & FRIENDS: 7:30 pm at Kenyon Hall, “soprano Madeline Bersamina (has) put together a program of American and British songs with mezzo soprano Erin Calata, flutist Brian Fairbanks, and pianist John Stuntebeck.” Ticket info and other details in our calendar listing. (7904 35th SW)

SEE THE CALENDAR for even more.

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