West Seattle, Washington
(2017 Bee Festival photo: The Big Bee, which led the parade)
The almost-summer fun has just begun. One week from today, the West Seattle Bee Festival will fill the heart of your Saturday with free fun. It’s headquartered at the West Seattle Bee Garden in High Point, starting with the Honey Run at 9:30 am, and continues until 2 pm. From festival spokesperson Karen Berge, a preview:
HONEY RUN: The Honey Run leads off the festival at 9:30 AM. It’s a free, informal, fun run for all ages that takes place in High Point Commons Park. One lap around the park is 1K. Participants compete to see how many laps they can do, and in how short a time. No registration required. Just show up and run/walk/roll!
PARADE/PARADE PREP: Face painters and balloon twisters will be on hand from 10 to 11 inside Neighborhood House to help get everyone decorated for the costume parade, which begins at 11. Everyone is welcome to join the parade – pets too! No experience needed, just follow the Big Bee!
From 11 until 2, many festival activities will take place concurrently.
VENDOR FAIR: This includes sustainable organizations, businesses, and community groups. Tilth Alliance will be there with their popular worm bin, info about their Master Composter Sustainability Steward program, and the Garden Hotline. Members of the High Point Resource Coalition will be there. Camp Long will be back with science activities — last year, their Naturalists brought microscopes so that attendees could look closely at bees, bugs, flowers, and other natural things. The SW Precinct plans to be there with the mobile precinct and some of the CPT officers. SFD is bringing a firetruck. Deb Greer will be there with info about West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network. New Hub Captains, Robert Landis and Johnny Schmidt, will host the West Seattle Be Prepared booth.
PLANT SWAP: This is part of the Vendor Fair again this year. People can bring their excess plants, seeds, tools, or anything gardening-related … and take home others that they find! No need to bring a plant in order to take a plant!
ANIMAL AMBASSADORS: Woodland Park Zoo will be back again with their live “animal ambassadors.” Their Up CLOSE program, “Pollinators: Little Animals, Big Job,” will be located inside Neighborhood House. They will also host a “Pollinator Party” outdoors at our Vendor Fair.
POP-UP SEWING: This is a hands-on workshop. People can bring torn clothes and learn to repair them, to minimize what ends up in landfills. People can also learn how to make items that they need. The goal is to promote sustainability and the idea of buying less. Last year, many of the participants made handbags or reusable shopping bags.
STARTING AT NOON
Noon – Bee Garden creator, Lauren England will give a Bee Hive demo; Krista Connor will narrate and explain what is taking place and why.
Noon – 2 PM, Puget Sound Beekeepers will host an Open House in the Bee Garden. They’ll have local honey available to taste and to buy. Beekeepers will field bee-related questions and are also happy to answer questions about plants.
Noon – 1 PM, enjoy international finger foods inside Neighborhood House. Free for low-income residents – contributions are welcome!
10 – Noon: DJ Arlo and DJ Nate Prudhon: They’ll put together family-friendly, fun, eclectic international music, “Break BEEts and Dance Music from around the Globe.”
Noon – 2 PM, enjoy live music by Mississippi Jones, followed by jazz with Bell and the Bees.
MISSISSIPPI JONES: Find out more about them here.
BELL AND THE BEES: A group of young jazz musicians from Garfield High School.
The West Seattle Bee Festival is hosted by the Events Committee of the High Point Open Spaces Association. Deborah Vandermar is the Chair of the committee. Leslie Skavland is arranging the food and entertainment, and managing the logistics. This year’s festival is again a team effort that includes Asmeret Habte, Janell Gonyea, Zach Chupa, Terry Hirata, Tram Chung, Megan Demeroutis and others who live or work in the High Point Community.
WSB is a co-sponsor of the Bee Festival and we look forward to seeing you there!
P.S. Not sure how to get to the Bee Garden? Scroll down this page for a map.
Thanks to Meyer for the photo: A little over two weeks after we reported that the project to save West Seattle’s murals would kick off with restoration of the one in Morgan Junction, the artist is at work. Meyer spotted Gig Harbor artist Bob Henry at work today on the mural behind the California/Fauntleroy building that houses five businesses including Peel and Press, whose proprietor Dan Austin is spearheading this part of the project. We expect to hear more next week about broader plans for restoring more of West Seattle’s murals.
This is part of the SYC’s Tri-Island race series, which concludes with the Blake Island Race in three weeks, on June 2nd.
West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day is many things – among them, a boon to local nonprofits who welcome leftovers:
NORTHWEST CENTER’S BIG BLUE TRUCK: Open late tonight in The Junction for post-WSCGSD donations! 4718 44th SW, dropoff until 6:30 pm. Please bag/box items. Check out their list of what they’ll accept, or schedule a residential pickup for this coming week, at bigbluetruck.org.
STUFF THE TRUCK AT HOLY ROSARY: They’re collecting unwanted items again this year, 42nd/Genesee, to help fund programs to help neighbors in need. Most-needed items: Clothing, books, men’s jeans, shorts and shoes, and women’s business clothing. (No furniture, mattresses or beds, please.)
Look for the truck in the HR parking lot off 42nd SW north of SW Genesee until 5 pm.
STOP N SHOP AT THE SENIOR CENTER OF WEST SEATTLE: Taking “small household items and clothing” today until 4 pm – drop off in the carport on the east side of the building (4217 SW Oregon).
And to the south:
WHITE CENTER HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY: A donation drive with a special early drop-off date for WSCGSD:
White Center Heights Elementary PTA is partnering with Value Village for our first-ever Donation Drive Fundraiser Wed. May 30 – Mon. June 18, with a special early drop-off date on Sat. May 12 during West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day — so sellers can get rid of what’s left and buyers can make room for new treasures.
Every pound of your unwanted stuff turns into funds for uniforms, supplies and community activities benefiting White Center Heights students, teachers and families.
Early Donation Drop-Off
Sat. May 12, 3 PM-6 PM at White Center Heights Elementary School Parking Lot (10015 6th Ave SW)
Regular Donation Drop-Off
Wed. May 30 – Mon. June 18, Noon-10PM at Full Tilt Ice Cream (9629 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106)
* For large amounts of donations, please contact us at the info below so we can accommodate.
What We Can Take
Clothing, shoes, bedding, towels, accessories (e.g., hats, mittens, scarves, ties, socks, purses, wallets, backpacks, bags, belts, jewelry)
Small household items (e.g., electronics, toys & games, kitchen items, knick-knacks, sporting goods)
Books and media (e.g., CDs, DVDs)
Please put soft items in trash bags and hard/heavy items in boxes.
Questions? Contact Us
If you have any questions, can’t make the drop-off times or have a lot of donations, please call/text 206-992-6506 or email email@example.com.
Anybody else? E-mail us – firstname.lastname@example.org – and we will add.
12:10 PM: We start the second half of the 14th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day at the easternmost spot on the map, Sale #34, 8145 5th Ave SW, in one of Highland Park’s furthest (but what a great view!) reaches. Go to Kenyon/5th and turn right (south) on 5th. Also in a spot of their own and inviting you to come by, Sale #33, 8124 24th SW:
They e-mailed, “We have a lot of kid stuff, some mid-century modern tables, baby gear and more! … We also have a donation table with mystery toy bags. Proceeds go to Louisa Boren STEM School.” Back in eastern Highland Park, Sale #19 at 9th and Thistle is a Girl Scout troop benefit with Italian sodas!
Sale #165, 2932 Walnut Ave SW, features “the cutest lemonade stand,” according to Karin, who sent the photo:
And talk about cute. Check out the ultimate garage-saling T-shirts, as photographed by Cindy at Sale #112 1706 California SW):
On the opposite end of the peninsula, the southernmost sale this year is Sale #334, 11408 Marine View Dr SW. We just stopped there, and found out that Oreo is the mascot:
Looking for bed frames? These are still available as of Karen‘s e-mail a few minutes ago from Sale #58 at 4047 39th SW:
And if you have just been looking everywhere for a feather boa – Alina Guyon models the one from her family’s garage sale in Fauntleroy, Sale 326, 9360 Fauntleroy Way SW.
ADDED 1:35 PM: The last official hour is getting closer! (Already?) The crowd at Sale #69 texted to say they’re having “a great day”:
They’re the “multi-family adulting sale” at 4806 46th Ave SW. If your “adulting” means you need a blender, via Twitter, here’s a deal for you:
— Jason R (@Shulin_) May 12, 2018
Sale #63 is at 3840 44th SW. Across the street, one of the day’s most unusual items was likely the old-school Coke machine at Sale #67, 3831 44th SW:
2:40 PM: A few final scenes – lots of selling going on along 42nd SW north of Morgan Junction:
That includes the LaFranchi residence, 5637 42nd SW, benefit for Mount Hood Kiwanis Camp at Sale #246, which we featured in our daily preview:
They usually start selling on Friday of Garage Sale Day weekend … but the incident a few doors down changed those plans, since 42nd SW was blocked in the area all day and into the evening.
3:01 PM: And that’s a wrap! Thanks to everyone who participated – shopping, selling, mingling, whatever. Next up, who’s taking donated leftovers!
5:22 PM P.S. One post-WSCGSD report:
My finds at the garage sale by Hotwire (Coffee) parking lot. The painting is an original by Teresa Walsh, who I love, and the little book is how to do hand shadow puppets, & who can’t use two pretty scarves.
All bought for under $20, & $ went to non-profits!
9 AM: “South end is where it begins!” That’s what Young Chang proclaimed, sending us that early photo from Sale #229 at 9037 35th SW – and with that, the 14th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day is on! Haven’t seen the map yet? Find it here. And from the north, Andy sends this photo from the block sale at Palm and Massachusetts, Sale #178 – “Barbies for days!”
We’re off to visit some sales, but also appreciate your photos for our as-it-happens coverage – email@example.com is the best address – more to come!
9:31 AM: Hotwire Coffee is a group site as always – 4410 California SW, Sale #62:
Just wander into the courtyard! Meantime, we’re now stopping at Lafayette Elementary‘s first-ever WSCGSD sale, 2645 California SW, right out front:
They’re Sale #148 on the map. Lemonade and cookies too! While you’re in the north, you can stop by the Urban Homestead Foundation‘s fundraiser sale, 50th & Dakota, the site they’re raising money to buy from the city:
The UHF is Sale #141. Meanwhile, almost anywhere you stop, you’ll find unique items:
Those signs are at Sale #224, 9256 30th SW.
10 AM: This is the westernmost sale, as far as we can tell – 6217 SW Admiral Way, folks who just moved to the area, Sale #120:
Their collection of scarves caught our eye. Now from the inbox (thanks for the pics at firstname.lastname@example.org) and to the south – Westside School (WSB sponsor) is hosting a big sale:
On your map, that’s Sale #330, 10404 34th SW. On to Seaview – from Sale #287:
5956 45th SW is where you’ll find Carol. We’re now headed to check out some east West Seattle stops.
10:20 AM: While headed east, we stopped at Sale #225, 4100 32nd SW, and found an outgrown drum set:
They also have a big selection of no-longer-needed sneaers! Meantime, we received this photo from a benefit sale on the north side of The Junction, tweeted by Mike:
— Mike Jensen (@mjtwit) May 12, 2018
From another benefit sale not too far away – treats!
That photo is from Sale #46, 4853 42nd Ave SW, where they are raising money for the VA Health Care System.
10:55 AM: Now we’re in Delridge. On the north end, the West Seattle Tool Library, which had some of its origins during a tool-collection drive on WSCGSD seven years ago:
The Tool Library is at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW, Sale #13. Further south, we turned into the Cottage Grove neighborhood, curiosity piqued by the listing for Sale #15 at 5643 25th SW:
“Hair salon” was part of the description, along with “vintage” and “punk rock.” Onward to the east High Point area, where the Sylvan Heights townhome neighborhood has a sale on the map:
Josh and Sarah are Sale #25 at 2701 SW Sylvan Heights Dr. (P.S. Their sale is bigger than it looks if you just pass by – they also have a garage full of stuff today!) WSCGSD is one-third over already but LOTS of shopping time left – remember some sales are staying open beyond the 3 pm official end time – check the map.
11:20 AM: On the south end, we visited Fresh Flours Bakery, a new participant and a benefit sale – they’re raising money for HONK! Fest West, which has chosen White Center as one of its venues this year:
Fresh Flours is Sale #5, 9410 Delridge Way SW. Before we get back to the south end, we’ve received a photo from another business participant, longtime WSB sponsor Click! Design That Fits in The Junction:
Click! is having a Garage Sale Day sale up in the loft. Sale #49 on your map, 4540 California SW. … Back to the south now. Another Garage Sale Day first – a “flea market” organized by the White Center Chamber of Commerce:
Sale #20, 9834 17th SW, is a big parking-lot sale commemorating the Chamber’s reboot.
11:50 AM: Back on the north side, Sale #110 at 1730 Sunset Ave SW reports, “Still have some kids’ furniture and toys!”
Sale #173 in the alley behind 3854 49th Ave SW has some two-wheeled merchandise:
Speaking of two-wheeled, a motorcycle is up for grabs at Sale #238, 8461 35th SW:
Two interested prospects so far, they tell us. Meantime, we’re launching a second report now that we’re in the second half of WSCGSD! (Here’s the link.)
WEST SEATTLE COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE DAY: We’ve mapped, we’ve listed, we’ve previewed, we’ve promoted. Now it’s up to you to sell, shop, mingle with your neighbors! The 14th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day brings 320+ sales all over the peninsula, as mapped here – official sale hours are 9 am to 3 pm, though as you’ll see if you review the listings, some are starting early, some ending late. And send photos! (email@example.com, text 206-293-6302, or Instagram/Twitter at @westseattleblog)
STAMP OUT HUNGER: It’s the USPS letter carriers’ 26th annual door-to-door food drive today, so please put a bag of food out by your mailbox/mailslot before you head out to shop, sell, etc.
SEATTLE SEAFAIR COMMODORES BOWL-A-THON: Even if you’re not bowling, stop by to cheer them on! 9 am-noon at West Seattle Bowl. (39th/Oregon)
SEATTLE CHINESE GARDEN PEONY & BAMBOO FESTIVAL: 10 am-4 pm,first day of the annual celebration. Details in our calendar listing. (6000 16th SW)
SOUTH DELRIDGE COMMUNITY CLEANUP: Just one hour can make a big difference! Join the South Delridge Community Group for their monthly cleanup, 10 am-11 am. (17th/Henderson)
EARTHQUAKE RETROFIT WORKSHOP: 11:30 am-1:30 pm, free workshop at Southwest Library. (9010 35th SW)
MGMT AT EASY STREET RECORDS: From 1 pm-3 pm, MGMT “will be signing their vinyl, CDs, and T-shirts, taking photos with fans, and spinning their favorite music upstairs in our vinyl loft!” says Easy Street. (California/Alaska)
GARY DAVIS: Singer/songwriter performs tonight at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
WHAT ELSE? Go here to see!