West Seattle, Washington
Whole lot of high-fiving going on while we were visiting tonight’s biggest West Seattle pre-holiday party, the Beer Church Turkey Bowl. It’s about bowling, beer, and belly-filling via donations for the West Seattle Food Bank – (Monday update) 1,600 pounds of food, as well as $7,000! Your hosts, who lead not only the Beer Church but also Washington Beer Blog, Kendall Jones and Kim Sharpe Jones:
Tonight’s event filled the lanes at West Seattle Bowl:
You won’t be surprised to hear, given that this is a Beer Church event, after all, that the participant list included more than a dozen breweries and pubs. Several of them teamed up to brew the annual Beer Church benefit IPA, which was released at tonight’s Turkey Bowl:
It’s the 8th year for Beer Church’s benefit IPAs (this year the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation is the beneficiary) – and it’s the 19th year for the Turkey Bowl, which means that next year should bring an extra-special party!
(WSB file photo)
Two weeks from tonight – on Saturday, December 2nd – you’re invited to the biggest event of West Seattle Junction Hometown Holidays – the Tree Lighting at Junction Plaza Park (42nd/Alaska) and Night Market in the street on SW Alaska. This year, the Night Market will run 3-7 pm, with the Tree Lighting at 5 pm. You can preview the list of market vendors by going here; along with shopping, you’ll be able to take photos with Santa, and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Hosting the Tree Lighting this year are the jazzy duo Sundae + Mr. Goessl, who will be joined by the Endolyne Children’s Choir and the West Seattle High School Marching Band. You can see the rest of the Hometown Holidays lineup here, and in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide – we’re proud to be a co-sponsor again this year.
Though the first-ever Amazon Turkey Trot wasn’t billed as a costume run, one participant wore one that was totally synched with the theme. This morning’s 5K was organized by Amazon employees to raise some pre-Thanksgiving cash for Northwest Harvest, which supplies many regional food banks and food-providing programs, and they held it at Lincoln Park after construction got in the way of their planned South Lake Union route.
Organizers told us about 300 people signed up for the early-morning run – our video shows the ones who showed up, as they left the starting line:
No timing chips – this was truly a fun run. And a kids’ dash started right after the adults got going:
Your next chances to run with a group in West Seattle include the Gobble Gobble Thanksgiving Group Run (details here), Track Friday the next day (details here), and the West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) Christmas Light Run on December 16th (details here).
Three reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch:
STOLEN CAR: Be on the lookout for Robert‘s car:
Our car is a 2013 Chevy Sonic LT hatchback with noticeable bumper stickers.
It was stolen from the parking lot of our apartment at the Overlook at Westridge on 600 SW Kenyon St between 6:30 and 9 PM last night 11/17. The police incident # is 17-426990. License plate # ANU8386.
Call 911 if you see it.
ROCK THROWN THROUGH WINDOW: This also happened in Highland Park, near 12th/Thistle:
Around 10:30 pm (Wednesday, November 15th), 3 boys walked past our house, threw a rock, broke our bay window, and ran away.
Luckily, no one was injured. The victim has security video and has filed a police report – the number is 17-910494.
HEAVY-LIFTING BACKYARD THEFT ATTEMPT: From Christopher in High Point:
Our back porch light went out and I hadn’t had the time to replace it for about a week or two – in the meantime someone (last night 11/17/17) went into our backyard and tried to steal my BBQ. It’s a green egg so they could not do it (it’s ceramic and weighs over 200 lbs). The reason I know it happened yesterday sometime is that I was in my backyard before work about 8:30am on 11/17 and everything was in order. I woke up this morning to find the following:
Moral of the story – keep your porch lights on and if your BBQ doesn’t weigh > 200lbs like mine then lock it down.
P.S. Another reminder that the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meets Tuesday, 7 pm at the Southwest Precinct (2300 SW Webster) – if you have a neighborhood crime concern/question, bring it so you can ask about it.
Two quick biznotes about restaurants current and future:
BE’S: Thanks to the texter who sent a photo of the sign in the window of Be’s Restaurant (4509 California SW) in The Junction, saying they’re “on vacation” and expecting to reopen Monday (November 20th).
MOD PIZZA: Apparently the future pizza place at The Whittaker (4755 Fauntleroy Way SW; WSB sponsor) has moved up its timetable. When last we checked on their plans for opening, MOD said it had been delayed until next June. In a Twitter conversation this week, that changed to February.
Speaking of restaurants … our list of the ones that told us they’ll be open Thanksgiving is here (and linked in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide, too) – any additions/changes, let us know, firstname.lastname@example.org – thanks!
You can shop and snack at the Junction True Value (WSB sponsor) Holiday Open House, which is on until 2 pm. Besides the treats, you’ll find tunes – seasonal music performed by Jared Mitchell:
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) November 18, 2017
Right at the front door, you’ll be greeted by West Seattle Food Bank reps – bring nonperishable food to donate and/or cash – $15 will buy a turkey!
Also part of today’s fun, an ugly-sweater contest and if you have kids under 10, the chance to enter drawings for boys’ and girls’ bicycles:
Besides hardware, housewares, garden items, and more, Junction True Value has holiday decorations of all types, lights to floral:
Get there before 2 – 4747 44th SW.
P.S. If you are looking for an early tree this year, True Value tells us theirs are expected to be in Wednesday.
When we passed by Eastridge Church (39th SW and SW Oregon) around 7:40 this morning, people were already in line waiting for the annual turkeys-and-groceries giveaway to start at 9 am. But when we went over to photograph the volunteers around 9:30 am, the line was gone, so if you or someone you know needs Thanksgiving food – a turkey and a bag of groceries – there’s no wait.
They also are offering coats in adult and child sizes, and Bibles.
And it’s all running on volunteer power as usual, including Girl Scouts from West Seattle Troop 42553:
Eastridge also does this at its campus in Issaquah, and this year is offering 1,500 turkeys between the two sites.
Very busy Saturday! First, from the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide:
TURKEY/GROCERIES GIVEAWAY: Starting at 9 am at Eastridge Church, a turkey and bag groceries are available for anyone who shows up, while supplies last (hundreds will be available). Details on the church website. (39th SW/SW Oregon)
DONATE TURKEYS: The White Center Food Bank is accepting them 10 am-4 pm today. (8th SW/SW 108th)
BAZAAR AT THE MOUNT: The holiday bazaar/bake sale happens again 9 am-4 pm, at Providence Mount St. Vincent – raffle too, which you can enter for a chance to win this quilt:
More info in our calendar listing. (4831 35th SW)
JUNCTION TRUE VALUE OPEN HOUSE: It’s the annual Holiday Open House, Food Drive, & Ugly Sweater Contest at Junction True Value (WSB sponsor) in The Junction, 10 am-2 pm. Drawings, deals, treats, and see if you have the ugliest sweater! Bring nonperishable food donations for the West Seattle Food Bank. (4747 44th SW)
TIBBETTS BAZAAR: 10 am-2 pm at Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor). Bake sale as well as art, crafts, gift baskets, more. (3940 41st SW)
PEACE LUTHERAN BAZAAR: Arts and crafts, silent auction with themed baskets, fair trade/global gifts, bake sale during the first day of Peace Lutheran Church‘s Holiday Craft Bazaar, 10 am-4 pm. (39th SW/SW Thistle)
WC BAZAAR: White Center Library Guild Holiday Bazaar and Book Sale at WC Library, 10 am-2 pm. (1409 SW 107th)
BAZAAR AND CONCERT: 4th annual Holiday Concert and Bazaar at Breath of Life Adventist Church, 4 pm-7pm:
4 pm CONCERT followed by 5 pm Holiday Bazaar with food, gift items, and artisan crafts for sale in the downstairs “Bethlehem Marketplace!” Great gifts for teachers, co-workers, family, and friends just in time for the holidays! All proceeds go toward the 2018 4th Annual FREE Health Fair clinic, providing free medical and dental services for people in the White Center community!
(9807 26th SW)
BEER CHURCH TURKEY BOWL: 6-9 pm, 19th annual bowling party benefiting the West Seattle Food Bank. Lanes are sold out “but all are welcome to stop by, buy raffle tickets, donate non-perishable food or make monetary donations for the food bank. The West Seattle Food Bank staff will be on hand bowling, and helping us collect donations. The bowling alley will be pouring the Beer Church IPA, a local collaboration beer made to benefit the Crohns and Colitis Foundation Northwest Chapter. More info here.” (39th SW/SW Oregon)
And from the year-round WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
AMAZON TURKEY TROT: All are welcome to participate in the Amazon employee-organized Turkey Trot 5K, raising money for Northwest Harvest, 7:30 am at Lincoln Park. Kids’ 1K dash at 7:45 am. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)
WESTCREST PARK RESTORATION: 10 am-2 pm, meet at the South Parking Lot and work with DIRT Corps. Details here. (9000 8th SW)
EARTHQUAKE RETROFIT WORKSHOP: 10:30 am at Southwest Library. Free. (9010 35th SW)
TALK WITH YOUR SCHOOL-BOARD DIRECTOR: Next community conversation with Leslie Harris is 3-5 pm at Delridge Library – just drop in. (5423 Delridge Way SW)
AUCTION/DINNER FOR CHIEF SEALTH IHS: 5:30 pm at Brockey Center on the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus, this year’s auction and dinner raising money for Chief Sealth International High School programs. More info here; check to see if tickets remain. (6000 16th SW)
‘THE LAST CROISSANT’ CLOSING NIGHT: Final chance to see Veronica Tjioe‘s play at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 8 pm curtain. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
INDIE ROCK EXTRAVAGANZA: Three bands, 9 pm, Parliament Tavern. $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
AND THERE’S MORE! See all our calendar entries for today/tonight/beyond, by going here.