month : 07/2017 311 results

WEST SEATTLE WHALE-WATCHING: Orcas headed this way

July 10, 2017 10:48 am
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 |   Seen at sea | West Seattle news | Wildlife

From Alisa with Orca Network, word of orcas headed this way: “At 10:40 am there are approximately five Bigg’s/Transient orcas now grouped, in Bainbridge Island/Seattle ferry lanes, east side of the channel heading southbound slowly, sometimes stalling, skirting mid-Elliott Bay.” And she stresses that they are “going on long down times” – but still, if you have the chance to grab your binoculars and go look, you might see whales. Let us know if you do!

West Seattle Monday: Music Under the Stars, week 2; lots @ the libraries; more…

(Osprey at Alki Point – photographed by Jim Borrow)

Options aplenty for today/tonight, and many are at your local Seattle Public Library branches! Highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

X-STREAM MAGIC: 11 am at West Seattle (Admiral) Library, free, geared toward kids 5-12 – more info in our calendar listing. (2306 42nd SW)

WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARK: Here’s what’s open today and when – Lincoln Park wading pool and Highland Park spraypark, 11 am-8 pm; Delridge wading pool, noon-6:30 pm. (Go here to find addresses)

LUNCH AT THE LIBRARIES: Just a reminder of our ongoing summer listings, anyone 18 and under can get lunch for free at the High Point (35th SW/SW Raymond) or Delridge (5423 Delridge Way SW) libraries, 12:30-1:30 pm.

BUSINESS WORKSHOP: 6-8 pm at Delridge Library, learn how to grow your small business. Free, but registration is recommended – more info in our calendar listing. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

EVENING BOOK GROUP @ SOUTHWEST LIBRARY: 6:45 pm – this month’s title is “Mountains Beyond Mountains” by Tracy Kidder. All welcome. (35th SW/SW Henderson)

EVENING BOOK GROUP @ WS LIBRARY: 6:45 pm – this month’s title is “On Such a Full Sea” by Chang-Rae Lee.

MUSIC UNDER THE STARS, WEEK 2: It’s the second of four Monday nights for this free series presented by the Seattle Chamber Music Society at Delridge Community Center park – 7:30 pm, a group will perform live; 8 pm, you’re invited to stay and listen to audio of KING-FM’s live broadcast of SCMS’s festival concert at Benaroya Hall. Bring your own chair/blanket. Here’s our coverage of last week’s event. (Delridge Way SW/SW Genesee)

Another major city project in West Seattle: New details of SPU’s $54 million South Operations Center planned @ former bus yard

July 10, 2017 9:04 am
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 |   Utilities | West Seattle news

(South Operations Center rendering, from city website)

ORIGINAL REPORT, 9:04 AM: Back in September 2015, we reported that Seattle Public Utilities wanted to turn the bus yard at 4500 West Marginal Way SW [map] into its future Drainage and Wastewater South Operations Center. At the time, the city was looking at leasing the land. We hadn’t heard anything more about the project since then, but a notice in today’s Land Use Information Bulletin shows the project has been proceeding. The notice includes this description of the project planned for the six-acre site:

The DWW South Operations Center Project would replace or upgrade the main building’s roof and exterior walls and mechanical systems, including heating and cooling, plumbing, and electrical systems. Exterior space improvements are expected to include installation of new buried utilities, repairs to existing stormwater piping and sanitary sewer facilities on and off-site, retrofitting paved areas with stormwater bioretention areas, adding a 40-foot-tall radio tower adjacent to the main building for dispatch and emergency services, installing solar energy and rainwater harvest systems, constructing several lightly loaded structures that would be used primarily for storage and parking, and removing and replacing existing paved surfaces in areas to facilitate site and utility improvements. New structures would likely be supported with new shallow foundations. Additional site improvements would include enhancing safety at an existing railroad and bike path crossing at the site entrance, planting additional trees, and adding up to four electric vehicle charging stations. The completed DWW South Operations Center would operate seven days every week, would be completely fenced, and would be accessible only to those individuals having required authorization.

An online timeline says construction is expected in 2019. The notice published today advises that there’s been a Determination of Non-Significance for the project, meaning SPU believes an environmental-impact statement is not needed. The notice includes two deadlines for the public – comments on the DNS are due by July 24th, and if anyone wants to appeal it, that has to be filed by July 31st.

The notice points to a website for the project but it has few details, so we’re asking SPU for more, including the site’s purchase price and the project’s estimated cost, as well as the “environmental checklist” to which the notice refers, which isn’t on that site yet, though the notice says it should be. Meantime, you can see a bit more about the design on three pages of the SHKS Architects website.

6:24 PM: Since our morning report, the checklist link has been added to the project website – scroll down this page. Also, SPU says the property was purchased for $11,550,000, and that’s included in the project’s estimated cost of $54.2 million.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday updates; this week’s alerts

(HERE’S THE SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

6:07 AM: Good morning! First, please note that SDOT’s cameras for the “high bridge” are not working this morning, so that’s why you don’t see them above. Second: No incidents right now in/from West Seattle. Third, alerts:

FERRY ALERT: The Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run is still down to two boats, since the Issaquah was taken out of service Sunday afternoon because of mechanical trouble.

ROXBURY SIDEWALK WORK: The two-month project to build sidewalks and replace road panels along the south (eastbound) side of SW Roxbury between 28th and 30th is scheduled to start today, according to the most-recent announcement from King County Roads. We’ll be checking the area for signs of staging.

WEST SEATTLE SUMMER FEST: From Thursday night through Sunday night, California SW in The Junction, between Edmunds and Genesee, will be off-limits to motorized vehicle traffic, as will SW Alaska between 42nd and 44th, all for West Seattle Summer Fest – road closures start at 6 pm Thursday for setup and continue until late Sunday night for breakdown. Lots of fun stuff during those nights and days, too, and we’ll be publishing more previews later today and right up until it all begins. This of course means bus reroutes too – Metro hasn’t published them yet but they’ll be part of our coverage too (and if you find yourself in The Junction during the festival, looking for where to catch a bus, come see us in the Info Booth at California/Alaska because we’ll have the list).

9:29 AM: As pointed out in comments, Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth is back to all three boats.

Southwest Design Review Board doubleheader, report #2: First look at 9049 20th SW

(Project location, from meeting ‘packet’)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

The Southwest Design Review Board has taken its first look at 9049 20th SW [map] – a South Delridge project that will “alter” a building rather than raze/replace it – in the second half of this week’s doubleheader meeting.

Three board members were present for Thursday night’s review – chair Matt Zinski, Don Caffrey, and new appointee Crystal Loya – as was the project’s designated city planner, Sean Conrad. (Here’s our report on the first review of the night, the post-appeal return of 3078 SW Avalon Way.)

Since this was an Early Design Guidance review, it focused on the project’s “massing” – size, shape, placement on site – and the board was satisfied enough to forward it to the next phase. Here’s what happened first:

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RESTORING THE ADMIRAL’S MURALS: Next benefit brings ‘Silent Film Music Guru’ Timothy Brock home to West Seattle

July 9, 2017 7:28 pm
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 |   Admiral Theater | How to help | West Seattle history | West Seattle news | WS culture/arts

(Images courtesy Southwest Seattle Historical Society)

Two weeks from Tuesday, it’s your second chance to enjoy a one-of-a-kind evening of entertainment and help raise money to restore the 75-year-old murals at The Admiral. Here’s the announcement from the Southwest Seattle Historical Society:

Restoration of the art-deco underwater murals of West Seattle’s Historic Admiral Theater will get another boost this summer with a one-night presentation by a West Seattle native whose orchestral scores for classic movies of the pre-sound era have earned him the title of the “Silent Film Music Guru.”

The event is called “Timothy Brock Returns to West Seattle with Music of the Silent Giants.”

It will take place at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at the Historic Admiral Theater, 2343 California Ave. SW, sponsored by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.

This exciting evening – to last more than three hours, with an intermission – will start with Timothy Brock being interviewed by his childhood friend, West Seattle’s Dave Beck, a host at KING-FM and longtime former KUOW-FM host. Brock will reminisce with Beck about their West Seattle upbringing and discuss the fascinating process of scoring silent classics. (Brock earned the label of “Silent-Film Music Guru” from Vogue magazine in May 2016.)

Interspersed will be stills and clips from silent films that Brock has scored. Following an intermission, Brock will introduce the screening of the Charlie Chaplin feature “Modern Times,” for which Brock has restored and re-recorded the original 1936 Chaplin score.

Tickets are $20, and proceeds will go to the Historic Admiral Theater mural restoration led by the historical society. A VIP opportunity, to attend the presentation and visit one-on-one with Brock and Beck beforehand, will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the theater. VIP tickets are $100.

You can purchase tickets online here, or at the door. Advance ticket purchases are encouraged, as the event may sell out.

Timothy Brock, who has long lived in Bologna, Italy, is internationally renowned for his orchestral scores for the movies of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton and many other silent film classics. Over 30 years, he has composed 27 original scores for silent films, and he has served as the film restorer for the Chaplin estate since 1998. Brock also conducts symphonies in live performances of his scores to accompany presentations of silent films all over the world.

This month Brock is making a rare return to his boyhood community, where, as a 10-year-old in the early 1970s, he watched organ-accompanied silent films at West Seattle’s beloved Granada Theater south of The Junction and drew the initial inspiration for his career, which he labels a “lifelong dream.” (The Granada was razed in 1977.)

To see Brock discuss this West Seattle-based inspiration, go here (or view below – time code 1:20-1:50):

Brock’s mother is Berlena Brock, former board member of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.

This unique presentation on July 25 will be the second event this summer to benefit the historical society’s fund to restore the auditorium murals of the Historic Admiral Theater. The first event, a screening of the local documentary “Legends of the Road,” drew 200 people to the theater and raised more than $5,000 for the fund.

The murals date to 1942, when the Portola Theater was converted and expanded to the Admiral Theater. They were covered by curtains when the theater was twinned in 1973 and uncovered as part of the theater’s recent renovation to four screens.

The Historic Admiral Theater became an official Seattle landmark in 1989, following a campaign led by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.

More information about Brock is available at his website,

UPDATE: Water-rescue response in West Seattle

6:18 PM: You might be hearing the sirens or seeing the SFD units headed for the Seacrest vicinity after a report of someone in trouble offshore. So far they’re not seeing anyone, according to the scanner; we’re headed there to see what we can find out. Updates to come.

6:24 PM: The original report, per scanner, was that a paddleboarder was possibly in trouble. They’ve been scanning from land and sea and still not seeing anything.

6:30 PM: The call has closed.

6:43 PM: Our crew found an SFD unit still in the area, and they confirmed what we reported above, also confirming that they tried, but were unable, to get back in touch with the person who originally called in the report.

FERRY ALERT: 2 boats for Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth

July 9, 2017 5:49 pm
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 |   Transportation | West Seattle news

5:49 PM: The Issaquah is having mechanical trouble, so the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth ferry route is down to two boats TFN.

6:56 PM: Still no third boat. The current schedules are on the WSF alert page.

10:30 PM: Not fixed yet, according to another update just in from WSF:

The M/V Issaquah is currently out of service for necessary repairs until further notice due to an issue with the main engine and clutch. The Issaquah is the #3 boat beginning 7/10, please see the schedules below for affected sailings. Expect delays as the route is operating with the M/V Sealth and M/V Cathlamet in service.




Celebration of life July 23 for Gavin Keefe, 1985-2017

Family and friends of Gavin Keefe are gathering later this month to celebrate his life, and also having special items made in tribute. Here’s the announcement:

Gavin D. Keefe, 31, died June 23, 2017 as a result of a cardiac arrest.

He was born on August 30th, 1985, in Yakima, the son of Daniel Keefe and Wendy Wood.

He worked with the Libertarian Party of Washington State and had recently started Liberty Industries screen printing business. Gavin was an active member of his community and a loyal friend to all that knew him. He was passionate, hilarious, and a genuine person who left an unforgettable experience to everyone who met him.

We will be having a celebration of life for Gavin Keefe on Sunday, July 23rd at the Swiftwater Cellars in Suncadia from 1-4 pm. Everyone that knew Gavin is welcome to come and share their memories with other friends and family members.

We are making the items listed below for everyone that is interested. Please fill out the link so we can track the orders. Deadline for orders is Monday, July 10th at 5 pm. If you would like one of these items but cannot make the memorial, please contact Erin Zuncs ( to arrange pickup or shipping. 

1. Shot glasses that say “I’m friends with this guy” with his photo
2. Shirt that says “I’m friends with this guy” with his photo (possibly in black and white)

3. Shirt with his Liberty Industries logo on a black shirt

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Yakima Humane Society.

(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Recognize this boutique vandal, caught on video? Also – DJ equipment stolen from trailer

Two reports in West Seattle Crime Watch today, both involving businesses:

BOUTIQUE VANDALIZED: The window at the Lika Love boutique, 6031 California SW in north Morgan Junction, was smashed last night, and this video shows it was no accident:

Another view shows the vandal as he approached:

If you have any information on who he is, contact SPD and refer to incident 2017-248431.


Yesterday Kelli Mitchell of Seattle Mobile Entertainment learned that the trailer that houses her DJ and karaoke gear for her business was broken into and all of her equipment stolen. The trailer is parked in the alley on the 7300 block of 35th Ave SW. Based on neighbors’ accounts we think the gear was stolen some time between 5 am and 10 am 7/8/17. If anyone saw any suspicious vehicles in that area or a bunch of DJ equipment in a pawn shop etc, please call SPD to report it. Below is a list of missing items:

4 Electrovoice 12″ 250 watt unpowered speakers
2 Yamaha emx512 1000watt all in one mixer/amps
4 Shure wireless PGX/SM 58 wireless microphones/receivers
2 ASUS basic laptops with Compuhost software
2 western digital harddrives
PRO LINE speaker stands with locking and tension release

And of course all the cables and karaoke books to go with all of it. Incident number 17-248125

NEXT SUNDAY: 5th annual West Seattle ‘Mini-STP’ bicycle ride

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(2016 ‘Mini-STP’ photo by Don Brubeck)

Next Sunday morning, you’re invited to join West Seattle Bike Connections and an all-ages group of bicyclists on the fifth annual West Seattle Mini-STP ride – from California/Seattle in North Admiral, south to California/Portland in Gatewood, and back north to WS Summer Fest in The Junction. If you haven’t heard of it before, the name is a nod to the STP ride between the cities of Seattle and Portland, which is also happening next weekend. But instead of 200 miles, this one covers 10 – and that’s if you ride all the way back to the starting line after visiting the festival. The ride starts at 9:15 am next Sunday (July 16th) – what you need to know to be part of it is all here.

West Seattle Sunday: Music, swimming, more…

July 9, 2017 6:07 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(Moonrise, with port cranes – photographed by Craig Young)

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Among the produce that’s at or near its peak – cherries! Market’s open 10 am-2 pm today in the street in The Junction (California between Oregon and Alaska). Remember that NEXT Sunday (July 16th), because of West Seattle Summer Fest, the market will be in the parking lot behind KeyBank.

TODAY’S WADING POOL/SPRAYPARK HOURS: Lincoln Park wading pool and Highland Park spraypark are both open 11 am-8 pm today; also open, Delridge wading pool, noon-6:30 pm. (Find addresses here)

LOW TIDE, WITH BEACH NATURALISTS: 11 am-1:30 pm, Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists are out at Lincoln and Constellation parks – low tide is -1.4 feet at 11:49 am.

COLMAN POOL REOPENS … to the public after three days of swim-meet closures. Noon-7 pm – here’s the schedule.

… BUT ALKI LIGHTHOUSE IS CLOSED: Per the lighthouse website, today’s tours are canceled.

CYGNE: At C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), live music with Cygne (Laura Meyer), 3-5 pm. (5612 California SW)

THREE-BAND BILL … at Parliament Tavern, 8-11 pm. Details in our calendar listing. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

CHECK THE WEEK AHEAD … via our complete calendar.

COUNTDOWN: 2 weeks until West Seattle Outdoor Movies’ 2017 series begins!

Two weeks from tonight, right about now, it’ll be showtime on the big screen in the festival street outside the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor), as this year’s WS Outdoor Movies series begins. Above is the trailer for this year’s first movie, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” As first published here in May, here’s this year’s full lineup, six consecutive Saturday night:

July 22 – “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

July 29 – “The LEGO Batman Movie”

August 5 – “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

August 12 – “Finding Dory”

August 19 – “Queen of Katwe”

August 26 – “Beauty and the Beast” (2017)

The films start at dusk, which means the time varies, a little earlier week to week. You’re welcome to arrive earlier for concessions, mingling, bring-your-own picnics, food trucks, Y-coordinated kids’ activities, etc. Admission is free, but if you bring $, you can get in on raffles raising money for local nonprofits, too. WSB is proud to be a co-sponsor again this year; see you at the movies!

UPDATE: Police search for driver in North Admiral crash

(WSB photos by Christopher Boffoli)

7:39 PM: Seattle Police were looking this past hour for the driver of the blue Prius involved in that crash at SW Walker and 47th SW [map], reports WSB’s Christopher Boffoli. The only description they had at the time was “white, male, about 5-10,” he says. No injuries reported.

9:46 PM: A little more info from Christopher: “Witnesses at the scene told me that the driver of the Prius got out after the crash and stuck around for a minute or two and then bolted. A neighbor who heard the crash followed him towards the south on 47th for a bit and then lost him. Another neighbor spotted the driver trying to hide in her backyard and then when he was discovered he continued on. Multiple SPD units searched the area but were unable to find him.” If you have any information for police, you can refer to incident # 2017-248257.

FESTIVAL FAREWELL: This year’s Mediterranean Fantasy Fest will be the last, after 30 years

(Photos courtesy Saroya Poirier)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

After one last wild weekend of swirling veils and flashing swords at Hiawatha Community Center next Saturday and Sunday, the Mediterranean Fantasy Festival will fold its tents for the final time.

So July 15-16 will bring your last chance to enjoy the only annual West Seattle festival devoted to dance, which also is the region’s longest-running belly-dancing festival.

“It’s been a good run,” organizer Saroya Poirier told WSB, an understatement if anything. The Mediterranean Fantasy Festival is ending in its 30th year; we were surprised to find out this would be its last, so we asked her to take some time to talk about it.

Of the festival-founding Babylonian Ensemble, Saroya explains, “Everybody from the group is retired but me. … I’m ready to go on to something else. I’m 69 and it’s a lot of work” – seven months to plan and schedule, starting in December every year.

And all that work has come with decreasing payoff – it’s always been a labor of love, but more so every year.

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PHOTOS: Seafair Pirates’ 2017 arrival at Alki Beach

(WSB photos unless otherwise credited)

ORIGINAL REPORT, 2:21 PM: Alki Beach is in the midst of its annual pirate invasion – the Seafair Pirates landed just before 2 pm, aboard the Prudhoe Bay, courtesy of West Seattle-based Global Diving and Salvage.

(Photo tweeted by Brandon, @olysportsblog)

Though the landing itself is over, the party is not – it’s on until 6 pm. Live music started at 11:

Next band up is scheduled to be Queen Anne’s Revenge (3 pm-ish). Meanwhile, kids’ activities continue, including inflatable rides:

Vendors are offering merchandise including official T-shirts:

Among those gathered pre-landing, we even spotted a mermaid:

(added) And sword-wielding beach defenders:

(Photo by Don Brubeck)

ADDED 7:56 PM: More photos after the jump – including the aspiring pirates onshore! Read More

READER REPORTS: Luna Park police response; apartment encounter; dumped stroller

Three reader reports:

(Photo added, from KD – bus windows smashed during rampage)

POLICE RESPONSE IN LUNA PARK BUSINESS DISTRICT: Multiple reports about a naked man behaving bizarrely in the Luna Park business district – one person said he was jumping on cars, another said he was running around in the veterinary-clinic area. Police eventually got him under control outside the clinic, as shown in one photo sent to us (we can’t publish it without blurring, which we can’t do right now). We don’t know yet what happened from there; SFD was called for an “aid response” (low-level medical) but the call has closed. (Added 2:36 pm – photo sent by KD; see comments on damage done to vehicles including a bus)


I just had a run-in at my apartment building around 1130. As I was leaving my apartment buildings’s back door a woman tried to push her way in, claiming her cousin lived here. She couldn’t remember her cousins last name or apartment and the first name she gave was not the name of anyone living in our small building. She said her phone was dead and couldn’t remember her cousin’s number. I let my neighbors and landlord know but she may still be around the neighborhood trying this at another building. She was African American, youngish (maybe 30s?) and dressed well. She was carrying an overnight bag and a cosmetic bag. Her hair was long and pulled back.

DUMPED STROLLER: Ray sent this photo of a stroller ditched between North Admiral and Alki – stolen, maybe?

If it’s yours, let us know and we’ll get you the location information.

Higher ferry fares? State seeking comment on increases proposed for this fall and next

The state Transportation Commission is considering a proposal to increase ferry fares, and looking for public comment. Here’s a summary of the proposal:

October 1, 2017:

2.9 percent fare increase for small and standard sized vehicles
0.8 percent to 1.8 percent fare increase for oversized vehicles (22 feet and longer), depending on vehicle size
2.5 percent fare increase for passengers
Passengers who bring bicycles with trailers will see an increase as they begin paying the motorcycle/driver (stowage) rate instead of the combined passenger fare with bicycle surcharge

October 1, 2018

2.5 percent fare increase for small and standard sized vehicles
No fare increase for oversized vehicles (22 feet and longer)
2.1 percent fare increase for passengers
School Group passengers fare will increase from $1 per group for a one-way trip to $5 per group for a one-way trip

The comment period includes three upcoming meetings – the closest one will be on Vashon Island, 6-8 pm Monday, July 17th, at the Vashon High School cafeteria (9600 SW 204th). The commission is expected to vote at its July 26th meeting.

WEST SEATTLE POWER OUTAGE: 33 customers in southeast Admiral

10:09 AM: Thanks to Diane for the tip – 33 homes are without power in southeast Admiral, centered around 37th SW/SW Hinds. The Seattle City Light outage map says it went out around 9:12 am and that they’re still investigating, hoping to have power back on by 12:30 pm or so. (And as we always note, could be sooner, could be later.)

10:34 AM: And – everybody’s back on, ahead of that prediction.

Seafair Pirates, Senator Cantwell, Ayron Jones, and more for your West Seattle Saturday:

(Kayaks and SUPs off Anchor/Luna Park, photographed by Lynn Hall)

Here are some of the ways to spend your sunny summer Saturday, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and inbox:

WEST SEATTLE LINUX USER GROUP: 9 am at Fauntleroy YMCA (WSB sponsor) – details here. More about the group here. (9140 California SW)

PUGET PARK TREE-THINNING OPEN HOUSE/SITE WALK: As previewed earlier this week, today from 10 am to 1 pm, Seattle Parks holds an open house at the Chan Education Center on the north side of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus for anyone interested in finding out more about this project. Presentation at 10:30; site walk at 11:30. (6000 16th SW)

SEAFAIR PIRATES LANDING: 10 am-6 pm at Alki Beach, with vendors, kids’ activities, music (scheduled 11 am-4 pm), and of course, the Seafair Pirates coming ashore (around 2 pm but could be earlier or later – last year they arrived closer to 1) … all centered around the Alki Bathhouse vicinity. (60th SW/Alki SW)

LOW TIDE, WITH BEACH NATURALISTS: At 11:15 am, the tide is out to -1.3 feet, and Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists will be out at Constellation (south of Alki Point) and Lincoln parks from 10 am-noon to talk with you about it.

SPRAY PARK AND WADING POOLS THAT ARE OPEN: Highland Park spraypark is open 11 am-8 pm, Lincoln Park wading pool is open 11 am-8 pm, Delridge wading pool is open noon-6:30 pm, Hiawatha wading pool is open noon-6:30 pm. (Find addresses here)

SENATOR CANTWELL IN WHITE CENTER: For the first time in years, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell is having town-hall meetings, and the final one is this morning in White Center, 11 am-12:30 pm at TEC High School (Evergreen HS campus). You need a (free) ticket so go here ASAP to get one, and to check the event rules. (830 SW 116th)

FOOD TRUCK AT LINCOLN PARK: Lil J’s Super Dawgs Food Truck is back at Lincoln Park on Saturdays starting today, 11:30 am-5:30 pm, with “gourmet hot dogs, sausages, French fries, veggie dawgs available.” (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)

COLMAN POOL CLOSED: The outdoor pool on the shore at Lincoln Park is closed to the public today because of a swim meet – back open Sunday.

ALKI LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: Free tours of historic Alki Point Lighthouse with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, 1-4 pm – be there by 3:40 pm to be part of the last tour group allowed in. (3201 Alki SW)

AYRON JONES & THE WAY @ EASY STREET: 5 pm, free in-store concert at Easy Street Records by Seattle’s own Ayron Jones and The Way. Details here. Free, all ages. (California/Alaska)

JUDI JENSEN: Performing at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

FAREWELL SEATTLE, HELLO BERLIN: A musical going-away party at Parliament Tavern, as explained here, starting at 9 pm. $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

SEE THE COMPLETE LINEUP on our calendar page.

READER REPORT: Mowers found – stolen or lost?

From the inbox:

I came across two commercial type lawn mowers ‘stashed’ in a remote area off the beaten path area below Highland Park in a spot they shouldn’t be. My concern is they might be stolen from some commercial landscaper or gardener and that’s how they make their living. I have the two brand names on the mowers for proof if someone is missing their equipment. These do not belong where I found them.. that’s for sure!

A police report has been filed, and we’re awaiting the number.


July 7, 2017 8:42 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle online

Thanks to Justin for the photo from the first meeting of the new West Seattle Linux User Group. When we heard about the group, since it’s new, we invited them to send an announcement for the news section as well as a calendar listing:

The West Seattle LUG (Linux User Group) is a new group of people from the community who meet biweekly to discuss Linux, Open Source software, and technology. Anyone who has an interest in learning more about or discussing technology is welcome to join. Meetings are coordinated through their Meetup page and are generally held on Saturday mornings upstairs at the Fauntleroy YMCA. Common discussion topics are security, privacy, networking, building software, and sharing knowledge.

You can contact any of the members through, GitHub: or feel free to join us on Slack:

The group’s next meeting is tomorrow morning (July 8th), 9 am.

TOMORROW: Thousands expected at Alki Beach for 2017 Seafair Pirates Landing

(2014 photo by Long Bach Nguyen)

One more reminder that this weekend’s biggest West Seattle event happens tomorrow – the Seafair Pirates Landing on Alki Beach. Thousands show up every year to greet the Pirates, whose website says they’ll land around 2 pm – be forewarned, the time can vary, likely to be earlier; last year, for example, it was closer to 1 pm. The festivities last all day, pre- and post-landing, including music (starting at 11 am), inflatable rides for kids, craft and food vendors, and more, 10 am-6 pm, mostly in the Alki Bathhouse vicinity (60th SW/Alki SW). No street closures but the beach zone will be jammed, so we suggest alternative transportation, or else get there really early if you want to find parking anywhere in the vicinity.