West Seattle, Washington
This dim time of year, we’ll take any excuse to show a sunny summertime photo. Above, that’s part of the Alki Beach seawall crowd that awaited the Seafair Pirates’ Landing last July. The date is set for this year, and applications are open for vendors. From event producers:
Seattle Seafair Pirates Landing – Saturday, July 7, 2018
The Seattle Seafair Pirates Landing is seeking the following:
• Vendors with pirate/nautical/maritime themed art, crafts, and products who would like to vend at the landing
• Face painters, psychics, henna artists, etc. who would like to provide services to event attendees
• Food trucks to feed the hungry pirate masses
• Commercial/merchant sponsors who want to show their support for our Seafair Pirate community
• Nonprofits interested in providing a pirate/nautical/maritime-themed kids activity in exchange for complimentary booth or tabling space
We’ve reported before on SR3 – Sealife Response, Rehabilitation & Research — the organization working toward the Pacific Northwest’s first marine-wildlife hospital/rehab/science center. Today, Leslie Dierauf tells us, SR3 was at Alki UCC to train about 20 volunteers.
Good crowd at the Log House Museum for the opening of its new exhibit, “Navigating to Alki,” with tonight’s reception continuing until 7 pm.
The focus is on maps of our area – dating back to the Native traditions of keeping “mental maps,” continuing through the earliest printed maps of the area in the 1700s, and on to the early 1900s, including this map showing former cities (including West Seattle) annexed to Seattle during that time:
The exhibit also includes a sound backdrop – the sea! – and some items you’re invited to touch.
Amy Gorton is the museum’s manager:
The museum is in the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s historic log-house headquarters, 61st and Stevens, half a block inland from Alki Beach. If you miss this – go see “Navigating to Alki” during the museum’s regular hours, noon-4 pm Thursdays-Sundays – it’s scheduled to be on display until September.
WEST SEATTLE HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1968 50TH REUNION
We have set a date! Our 50 th reunion will be on Saturday June 2, 2018. We chose this date so that folks coming from out of town could attend the All School Reunion held at West Seattle High School prior to our get-together.
So here are the details so far.
Location of the 50th reunion will be the Brockey Center at South Seattle College. Address is
6000 16th Ave. SW.
Social Hour 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Dinner at 7:00 PM
We decided to use the Brockey Center again (this is the location that we had our 40 th reunion)
for a few reasons the best reason is we felt we could get more bang for our dollar at this venue.
This venue allows us to bring our own beverages of choice (BYOB). The Brockey Center will
provide glasses, ice and mixers.
We do not have a cost or price yet but should have all of that information in early spring along
with the invite emails.
We are trying to get the word out early for the best possible attendance of classmates!
If you want to be a member of the planning committee you can contact John Herron at
We will post more detailed information after the 50th reunion committee has completed the planning process.
See you all on June 2, 2018 at the Brockey Center!
Reunion coming up? We’d be happy to announce yours too – e-mail the info to firstname.lastname@example.org -thank you!
Tired of staring out the window at the rain? Go wish SoundYoga (WSB sponsor) a happy 20th anniversary! Until 4 pm, the celebration is on at SoundYoga’s 5639 California SW [map] studio. Long before yoga became trendy, Chris Dormaier founded SoundYoga; she is also a Certified Teacher Trainer in the tradition of Krishnamacharya – the tradition in which all SoundYoga teachers are certified. They’re celebrating this afternoon with demonstrations, raffles, and free SoundYoga license-plate holders. Chris tells us that SoundYoga was West Seattle’s first yoga studio and that when she was getting started, they ended up buying the property because no one would rent to her – they thought a yoga business wouldn’t last! Not only has it lasted … there are new features, like the “total relaxation” setup:
Whether or not you made it to one of Thursday’s open houses for the new West Seattle Junction park (4700 block of 40th SW), you might be interested in the next step – the online survey you can use to see and choose which of the three designs you like best. Just got word from Seattle Parks‘ Karimah Edwards that the survey is now available online. The survey page also gives you a closeup of each design option, and has links to the “virtual tours” – Option 1 is here, Option 2 is here, Option 3 is here. The park will be on two-thirds of an acre that the city bought five years ago and “landbanked” until now; $1.9 million from Park District levy proceeds is budgeted to develop it, with construction expected next year.
Welcome to the weekend! Saturday highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
BASEBALL REGISTRATION: Southwest Little League is registering players 11 am-2 pm at Steve Cox Memorial Park. (1321 SW 102nd)
WINE & CHOCOLATE: Valentine’s Day is coming, and Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor) is again pairing three of its award-winning wines with three chocolate truffles from Seattle’s own Intrigue Chocolate – this time with truffle bars, mini-truffle sets, and assorted chocolate bars. You can get in on this at the Viscon Cellars tasting room today and Friday/Saturday of next week too. The tasting room is open 5-9 pm Fridays and 2-7 pm Saturdays. (5910 California SW)
2ND MEMOIR-WRITING CLASS, VENUE CHANGE: The second of Martin Piccoli‘s memoir-writing classes has changed venues – 4 to 5:20 pm at Delridge Library. More info in our calendar listing. (5423 Delridge Way SW)
LOG HOUSE MUSEUM EXHIBIT OPENING RECEPTION: While the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s Log House Museum is usually open noon-4 pm, you have the chance to visit this evening during the opening reception for “Navigating to Alki,” the brand-new exhibit. 5-7 pm. All welcome. (61st SW/SW Stevens)
WEST SEATTLE MEANINGFUL MOVIES: Hate-Free Delridge joins WSMM this month to present “Harvest of Empire.” 6:30 mingling, 7 pm film that “reveals the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America, and immigration today.” Discussion afterward, with Spanish interpretation; the film is subtitled. At Neighborhood House High Point. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)
ADMIRAL BIRD ANNIVERSARY PARTY: Celebrate 4 years of Admiral Bird – but don’t go to the coffee shop for the party – it’s happening at South Park Hall, the new venue operated by its co-proprietors. 7 pm-11 pm. Free! All ages. (1253 S. Cloverdale)
THE DEBUTONES: 7:30 pm at Kenyon Hall – “It’s a pleasure to welcome back The Debutones, and the light hidden gems of acoustic roots-based songs they perform so well.” Ticket info in our calendar listing. (7904 35th SW)
THERE’S MORE! See our complete calendar here.
(UPDATED SATURDAY NIGHT with playoff info)
Unlike the girls’ game that preceded it, last night’s Chief Sealth @ West Seattle boys-varsity game was relatively suspenseful – though the Wildcats won, 58-52, there were longer stretches in which you felt it could have gone either way. And the fans that filled both sides of the gym seemed to be hanging on every play like a dunking player who won’t let go of the rim.
Sealth #14 Sadique Calloway led scoring with 18 points. He and his teammates roared out to a 6-0 lead before West Seattle got on the scoreboard midway through the first quarter.
Despite a flurry of three-pointers, the first quarter ended with the relatively low score of 13-10, in the Seahawks’ favor. They kept the edge well into the second quarter, until an intense round of turnovers ended with a basket by #23 Anthony Giomi, who was West Seattle’s top scorer with 15.
Next for WSHS with 13 points was #1 Marcus Collins, followed by #5 Abdullahi Mohamed with 11, same tally as Sealth #22 Elijah Jackson. The Wildcats tied the Seahawks at 23-all with less than two minutes to go in the half – and the scoreboard went dark for a long moment. Shortly after it came back, West Seattle took the lead, and took it into the locker room at halftime, 26-24.
WSHS head coach Keffrey Fazio‘s team held the lead most of the way from there, though CSIHS head coach Colin Slingsby and team never let them run away with it. The Seahawks kept aggressively angling for steals and achieved some. The third quarter wrapped with WSHS ahead 42-36.
Then it was time to settle things. Here’s a short clip of fourth-quarter action:
Halftime at West Seattle HS: WSHS boys 26, Chief Sealth 24 pic.twitter.com/G6g0IjQmvR
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) February 3, 2018
The fans stayed dug into the action, as Sealth kept trying to knock away at West Seattle’s lead, which was up to 8 with less than a minute and a half left, and starting to look permanent. But it got a little closer in the final minute, and Sealth seemed to have an outside chance – until the unavoidable fouling to pry away the ball resulted in foul shots and added points. And the buzzer sounded with WSHS six points ahead.
Senior Night acknowledgments preceded the boys-varsity game:
The varsity team is losing six seniors – #2 Elijah Nnanabu, #3 Kendall Green,, #11 Jackson Golgart, #15 Cass Elliott, #23 Anthony Giomi, and #24 Simon Harris. But first, the postseason awaits, and as with the girls, the boys will find out soon what’s next.
(UPDATED SATURDAY NIGHT with playoff info)
The high-school basketball regular season closed in raucous style Friday night at the jampacked West Seattle High School gym, as the Wildcats were visited by the crosstown competition, the Chief Sealth International High School Seahawks. The girls’ varsity game started unusually – West Seattle reserves played most of the first quarter, which began with each team getting a technical foul for what we’re told were numbering problems. By the time the first quarter ticked down to two minutes, the players on the floor were mostly varsity.
Sealth’s #3 Celia LaGuardia led all scorers with 24 points. For West Seattle, #20 Grace Sarver was tops with 20.
She came into the game with about three minutes to go in the first, and that’s when WSHS started chipping away at Sealth’s early lead. #32 Meghan Fiso tied it up at 11-11 with less than :20 to go in the quarter – she was the Wildcats’ second-leading scorer on the night with 14 points.
#2 Jasmine Smith had 13 for Sealth:
The Seahawks kept close for much of the second quarter. Baskets were answered, and they didn’t give West Seattle much of a chance to pull away – until the last few minutes of the half, when the Wildcats piled on 12 unanswered points, and went into the locker room with a 37-23 lead.
They held Sealth scoreless for the first three-plus minutes of the second half, until a foul shot that put the score at WSHS 46, Sealth 24. The gap continued to widen, with the third quarter ending WSHS 56, Sealth 30, and nothing much changed in the fourth quarter – though the big crowd, packed on both sides of the gym, kept the energy high, all the way to the final buzzer, with the Wildcats winning 76-51.
P.S. This was senior night for West Seattle – just one varsity player is graduating this year, #5 Rilcy Newsome:
The JV team has three seniors – Kathryn Anawalt, Hanan Yassin, and Rosa Grossi – we were a bit late to the pregame recognition and didn’t catch everyone on camera:
Senior cheerleaders Sophia Grupp and Kat Morigi were celebrated too!
We’ll find out within a few days who’s playing where in the postseason.
ADDED SATURDAY NIGHT: According to the Metro League website, the WSHS girls will play their first Metro League tournament game at 7 pm Wednesday (February 7th) at Seattle Pacific University (3307 3rd Ave. W.; map), vs. Cleveland or Ballard (whichever wins their Monday night game).