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West Seattle Summer Fest reminder: Where to find the Farmers’ Market on Sunday

July 14, 2018 10:48 pm
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While we’re working on our last West Seattle Summer Fest report of the night, a reminder about Sunday – Yes, the West Seattle Farmers’ Market IS happening, 10 am-2 pm as always. But since its regular home in the middle of California SW is occupied by street-fair booths, you’ll find the market vendors in the WSFM’s old spot, the parking lot behind KeyBank – south side of SW Alaska, between 44th SW and the alley west of California SW. P.S. Remember that alhough the market starts at 10 as always, Summer Fest booths don’t officially open until 11 am.

UPDATE: Big response, small fire on 25th SW

July 14, 2018 7:50 pm
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7:50 PM: SFD sent a full response to the 4100 block of 25th SW but it’s a dryer fire and it’s out, per radio communication. We are on the way to verify.

7:58 PM: Firefighters at the scene took the smoldering dryer out of the house, they told us, adding that no one was hurt and that they are using a fan to clear smoke from the house.

AS-IT-HAPPENED COVERAGE: West Seattle Summer Fest day 2, evening report

(QUICK LINKS: Bus reroutes here … Festival music schedule here … festival food options here … kids’ ride hours and pricing here)
(COVERAGE SO FAR: Saturday morning/afternoon, here … Friday night, with music, here … Friday evening, here … Friday morning/afternoon, here)

5:04 PM: Another clear, warm night is on the way at West Seattle Summer Fest 2018! Thanks to Paul Weatherman for the view from dusk last night, looking over the beer garden/main stage zone on California north of Oregon. Today’s music slate continues leading up to headliner Shannon And The Clams at 10 pm. In the meantime, some bonus tunes:

They’re popular – several people stopped by the Info Booth/Tent asking for directions (Verity is on the west side of California just south of Oregon). Here at California/Alaska, a flamenco dancer and musicians wrapped up about half an hour ago:

They mentioned an upcoming show – in Wallingford, not West Seattle, but if you’re interested, here’s more info.

5:26 PM: Another SFD call for aid to the festival – this time to help someone who is reported to have had a seizure. If you are here and need help, of course call 911 first – if it’s something minor, we do have band-aids and sunscreen at the Info Booth/Tent (courtesy of WSB sponsor GoodMed).

6:04 PM: So here’s how things go for the next several hours. First, big night for music – we caught Gypsy Temple a little while ago:

Here’s the schedule. The music stage is on California north of SW Oregon, with the official beer garden right next to it. As for the rest of the festival activities – it’s up to vendor booths whether they want to stay open past 6 or not, so some have closed. The kids’ rides go until 8; the visiting food vendors usually go until then too, and of course many of the year-round venues will run later.

Also – GreenLife continues at the Senior Center (California/Oregon), where you can catch up with Diver Laura‘s “Virtual Salish See” goggles AND at 7 pm, the movie “DamNation” – here’s the trailer:

Haven’t been to GreenLife yet? Here’s the schedule of events at Junction Plaza Park (42nd/Alaska) for tomorrow. Don’t miss the booths, too – West Seattle TimeBank, Resting Waters, King County Metro, among others.

7 PM: We’re folding up the info tent – back later for music!

COMMUNITY GIVING: South Delridge Community Group, Friends of Delridge Triangle team up for cleanup

Thanks to Mary for the photo and report:

An energetic group of neighborhood volunteers came together on this sunny morning to clean up the Delridge Triangle at Delridge Way SW/18th Ave SW/SW Barton St, and to clean up surrounding blocks. The clean-up was a joint effort between the South Delridge Community Group (SDCG) and Friends Of The Delridge Triangle (FDT). This is one step of a greater project in the works to redevelop the Triangle into a safe and usable community space where the neighborhood can play. The Delridge Triangle project was a Your Voice, Your Choice 2017 award recipient. The project is now moving forward and hopes for a boost from the 2018 Neighborhood Matching Fund.

The next Delridge Triangle clean-up will take place on Saturday 08/11 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am. All are welcome to join us. It’s a great way to start the weekend, keep our neighborhood clean, meet neighbors, and build community!

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AS-IT-HAPPENED COVERAGE: West Seattle Summer Fest day 2, first report

(QUICK LINKS: Bus reroutes here … Festival music schedule here … festival food options here … kids’ ride hours and pricing here)
(COVERAGE SO FAR: Friday night, with music, here … Friday evening, here … Friday morning/afternoon, here)

11:34 AM: We’re already into hour 2 of West Seattle Summer Fest day 2, and The Junction is full of people – and pets! At Hotwire Coffee (east side of California SW, just south of SW Genesee), Stanley was one of the first participants in the Furry Faces Foundation fundraiser Paws & Paint (explained in our calendar listing), which continues until 5 pm, today only! Meantime, this is happening inside ArtsWest (west side of California, just south of SW Alaska):

Until 2 pm, you are invited to visit the West Seattle Community Orchestras‘ instrument petting zoo inside ArtsWest. Just found out about it thanks to a question here at the Info Booth/Tent! Which, by the way, we are sharing again today with community organizations/agencies you should stop by to meet – until 2 pm, Seal Sitters are on the south side of the booth, SR3 Sealife Response, Rehab and Research is on the west side.

For any questions you have at the festival, we are on the north side of the booth, West Seattle Junction Association volunteers are on the east side. (We also have info about other upcoming local events – come get flyers about Summer Concerts at Hiawatha, the West Seattle Car Show, WS Outdoor Movies, Tuesday’s West Seattle Big Band Concert in the Park, etc..)

Other highlights as today gets going:
-Until 6 pm, special programming (see the schedule here) celebrating the grand opening of Verity Credit Union (west side of California south of Oregon; WSB sponsor)
-Noon, programming starts at GreenLife in Junction Plaza Park at 42nd/Alaska (schedule here), with a discussion about saving Southern Resident Killer Whales
-12:30 pm, music starts onstage (California north of Oregon), with a School of Rock showcase
-3 pm, adults’ pie-eating contest at California/Alaska (the kids’ contest is tomorrow)

ADDED 12:33 PM: Even more fun …

Here’s the studio those dancers are from. Also, Celtic Dance at 1 pm and Flamenco at 4 pm. Just be in the California/Alaska vicinity to see the magic happen. Elsewhere at the festival right now… go to VAIN (west side of California just south of Oregon; WSB sponsor) for a photo booth benefiting the Senior Center of West Seattle:

1:21 PM: The Summer Fest sights continue:

And we found the wandering “Star Wars” characters. Not stormtroopers after all:

While you wander, it’s not just about the booths – from sidewalk sales to cafés, The Junction’s year-round businesses are going all-out more than ever this year.

Pegasus Book Exchange‘s $1 sale is a hit. And steps away, Easy Street Records‘ café has extra room because of the temporary sidewalk setup:

Right across California from there, Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) has a big sidewalk sale going too – as well as some discounts inside the store:

North of Oregon, the community mural continues to be a work in progress:

And another kind of art continues to be at the heart of the most popular question here at the Info Booth/Tent: “Where’s the face painting?”

Answer: One on each midblock crosswalk hump – plus, you might have noticed on Verity’s grand-opening schedule above, they’re offering facepainting 2-4 pm.

2:45 PM: New group of community organizations here at the Info Booth/Tent:

Endolyne Children’s Choir, West Seattle Be Prepared/Emergency Communication Hubs, and the West Seattle Amateur Radio Club are here now, through 6 pm. On our side of the tent, popular question: Where’s the shaved ice? Answer: By the kids’ rides (same booth as the cotton candy).

3:47 PM: Easy Street changed its marquee this afternoon:

Have we mentioned Easy Street’s huge anniversary sale? Read about it here. Or best of all, just come shop – longtime businesses AND new ones like the one Fleurt (east side of midblock California between SW Oregon and SW Alaska) just launched:

That’s Pili the plant truck aka greenhouse on wheels – part of Inside Wild, launched by Fleurt Collective: “Pili is a mobile plant greenhouse where we offer indoor plants fo sale, plant education, plant matchmaking, and gifts for plant lovers. PILI will be popping up around Seattle throughout the next few months.”

4:26 PM: About to launch the late afternoon/evening coverage. But first – if you’re wondering about an SFD aid response in the ride area, an employee of the company that’s providing rides took ill and is being treated.

Seen off West Seattle: Bessie, the inflatable floating cow on a barge, is back

10:54 AM: Lots of people asking about the floating cow seen off West Seattle! Thanks to Carolyn for the photo above, and Morgan for the photo below:

That’s Bessie, who – you probably won’t be surprised to hear – belongs to the Washington Dairy Farmers. She’s out moo-ving around local waterways again this weekend.

12:54 PM: Still out there stirring up, as you can see on its base, a “hullabamoo”:

Thanks to Lynn for that photo!

ONE WEEK AWAY: 2018 West Seattle Grand Parade and first-ever PAWrade!

July 14, 2018 10:40 am
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(Photo from 2017 West Seattle Grand Parade)

Before we get going with today’s West Seattle Summer Fest coverage – and whatever other news the day brings – we want to remind you about next Saturday’s mega-event: The 2018 West Seattle Grand Parade, preceded by the first-ever PAWrade. The parade’s official start time is 11 am, California/Lander, heading southbound to California/Edmunds, but if you’re watching at or near the start of the route, you’ll want to be in place sooner for the Seattle Police and Vancouver, B.C., Police Motorcycle Drill Teams, which start between 10:30 and 11 to zoom down the parade route before the rest of the parade. And in The Junction, you and your dog are invited to be part of the first-ever PAWrade, which will bark its way down California SW from Genesee to Edmunds at 11 am, between the motorcycles and the Grand Parade. Want to be part of the PAWrade? Register here now, so you don’t have to worry about it on parade day! As for the Grand Parade itself – presented by the West Seattle Rotary Service Foundation: As we’ve reported, Lora Swift is the Grand Marshal, and Velko Vitalich is the Orville Rummel Trophy winner, so you’ll see them riding toward . If you’re watching in The Junction, you’ll hear West Seattle’s own award-winning broadcaster/journalist Brian Callanan announce the parade. If you’re not a parade fan, at least remember that you’ll have to stay off California SW until it’s over (if everything goes off on time, the last entries usually pass the end of the route sometime after 1 pm), and there’ll be parking restrictions on the side streets too. More previews in the days ahead!

West Seattle Saturday: Summer Fest day 2, and much more!

Today’s highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar start with the second day of the peninsula’s biggest party of the year:

(“Live” SDOT camera from 42nd/Alaska, east end of festival zone – that’s GreenLife on the right)

QUICK LINKS FOR WEST SEATTLE SUMMER FEST, DAY 2: Official hours today are 10 am-6 pm, with rides continuing until 8 pm, and food, drinks, and music ending later. Our HQ is the Information Booth, with as-it-happens coverage all day and into the night (watch our Twitter feed for festival updates, too):

Shopping: 10 am-6 pm – here’s the list of both regular Junction merchants with sales and visiting vendors with booths
Kids’ rides: 10 am-8 pm – prices/info here
More activities – also listed here
GreenLifeSustainable West Seattle‘s sustainability-and-more expo is in Junction Plaza Park off SW Alaska east of California – schedule is here
Food: More Junction restaurants are offering “extended service” this year, which for many means outdoor cafés – here’s the list, which also includes visiting vendors
Music: The main stage is on California north of Oregon), with performances starting at (updated – 11:30 am act canceled) 12:30 pm – here’s the schedule
Beer garden: Next to the stage, open late
Community groups: In the Info Booth – see the list/schedule here – some also are in booths on California and at GreenLife
Pet Junction: By Next to Nature, on west side of California north of Alaska – see the list here

See you at Summer Fest! Remember that traffic is detoured off California and Alaska in the festival zone. That means transit reroutes – the list is here.

Also ahead for your Saturday:

PAWS AND PAINT: Today only at Hotwire Online Coffeehouse during Summer Fest, your dog is the artist, 10 am-5 pm. Doggie pools and take-home kits, too! Benefit for Furry Faces Foundation. (4410 California SW)

LOW-LOW TIDE: 10:30 am-2:30 pm, Seattle Aquarium beach naturalists are back at Constellation Park (63rd SW and Beach Drive SW) and Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) because today’s low tide is again very low, -3.5 feet at 12:26 pm.

WADING POOLS: Sunny and warm again today, so they’ll be open! In West Seattle, today’s wading pools are Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW), until 8 pm, and Hiawatha (Walnut/Lander), noon-6:30 pm. Highland Park Spraypark (1100 SW Cloverdale) is also open, 11 am-8 pm.

SSC GARDEN CENTER: Open (UPDATED) 11 am-3 pm, with a 25 percent sale on plants! North end of South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus. (6000 16th SW)

COLMAN POOL CLOSURE: Again today, Colman Pool is closed to the public because of swim meets.

BAGELS AND PIZZA AT THE P-PATCH: Barton Street P-Patch invites you to visit 11:30-2:30 for pizzas and bagels from the wood-fired oven. Free; donations accepted. (34th/Barton)

GEOLOGY OF THE DUWAMISH VALLEY: Learn about it at the Duwamish Longhouse, 1-3 pm! (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

STELLALUNA: 3 pm at West Seattle (Admiral) Library, a puppet show based on the popular kids’ book! (2306 42nd SW)

SALSA ON ALKI BEACH: First time this year for the popular dance event! 5 pm-10 pm, with details in our calendar listing. (61st/Alki)

THEATER IN THE PARK: Tonight at 7 pm, GreenStage presents the Backyard Bard version of “The Winter’s Tale” at High Point Commons Park. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)

And don’t forget …

NORTHBOUND I-5 CLOSURE: WSDOT says you CAN still get to/from West Seattle – here’s our original alert with the explanation, as these closures are scheduled to continue all weekend long.