West Seattle, Washington
The first version of our 2018 West Seattle Halloween (Etc.) Guide is up – find it here! If you’re planning a seasonal event/activity/show that’s open to the public, free or fee, and you haven’t sent us the info yet, please e-mail the what/when/where to email@example.com – we’ll be updating the guide daily as new info comes in. P.S. If you spot cool Halloween decorations, we’re interested in those too – please send the location and we’ll go look!
It didn’t have to be nighttime for the lanterns, and smiles, to shine brightly during the Children’s Moonlight Festival today at the Vietnamese Cultural Center in West Seattle. We arrived just in time for the lantern parade:
That was the culmination of today’s three-hour event at the center, the traditional autumn celebration known as Tết Nhi Đồng, featuring activities, games, and treats including moon cake.
Group photos are a tradition at center events.
The center’s longtime director is Lee Bui:
If you’ve never visited, the center is often open to visitors on Saturday afternoons (2236 SW Orchard).
So far, this weekend’s Highway 99 closure (SB between the Battery Street Tunnel and West Seattle Bridge) has NOT ended early. But we want to take a moment to remind you about NEXT weekend’s both-ways closure – including the last-ever scheduled inspection of the Alaskan Way Viaduct – planned to start late Friday, October 19th, continuing to early Monday, October 22nd.
ORIGINAL REPORT, 3:15 PM SUNDAY: The Barnes & Noble bookstore chain has struggled for years and is currently reported to be in a “strategic review”. Rumors of its Westwood Village store closing have arrived in our inbox now and then. This time, it’s no rumor. After Lynne e-mailed us to report hearing via social media that the store is closing in January, we went there to ask. The on-duty store manager confirmed to us that the company headquarters has indeed informed them the store will be closing in January. No further comment; we’ll follow up with company HQ and the firm that manages Westwood Village, Madison Marquette, tomorrow. The 26,000-square-foot store opened in October 2005. While Westwood Village has more than half a dozen retail spaces listed publicly as “for lease” right now, so far as we can find, this is not (yet) among them. The next-closest B&N is at Pacific Place downtown.
ADDED 3:09 PM MONDAY: We asked B&N corporate media relations for comment on why the store is closing and what would happen to its employees. They’re not commenting on either of those questions and said this statement is “all they have”:
“We will be closing our Westwood Village, Seattle location in January. It has been our pleasure serving this community over the years, and we will continue to serve our valued customers at our stores at South Center (Tukwila) and Downtown Seattle.”
-Jim Lampassi, VP of Real Estate Development at Barnes & Noble
Too often, music and theater are seen as “extra” for kids – but the benefits prove they should be considered essential. That’s why Mode Music Studios (WSB sponsor) proprietor Erin Rubin launched a nonprofit offshoot, Mode Music and Performing Arts, to provide it to more youth. A party last night at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center not only raised money for MMPA, it also showcased some of Mode’s students, like Ellie and Sophia:
The party’s emcee was Troy Nelson, who you probably know best from KEXP. Erin joined him onstage to express gratitude for the support they’re receiving in MMPA’s mission:
If you couldn’t be there but want to support MMPA’s quest to bring performing-arts education to more schools, you can donate online any time.
ADDED 3:42 PM: Update from Erin: “We had such a great night! We raised over $2500 for music and performing arts education in the schools and will continue to do so thanks to the support of our community.”
Congratulations to Lyanda Lynn Haupt! The West Seattle-based author has just won the 2018 Washington State Book Award for nonfiction for “Mozart’s Starling.” She also was honored with the award in 2002 for “Rare Encounters with Ordinary Birds.” The 2018 awards were announced last night at the Central Library downtown; they are given for “the strength of a book’s literary merit, lasting importance and overall quality” and eligibility requires either being born in Washington or having lived here at least three years. The full winners’ list:
2018 WSBA WINNERS: BOOKS FOR ADULTS CATEGORIES
· “This Is How It Always Is” by Laurie Frankel, of Seattle (Flatiron Books)
· “Mozart’s Starling” by Lyanda Lynn Haupt, of Seattle (Little, Brown & Company)
· “The Spider and the Fly” by Claudia Rowe, of Seattle (Dey Street/ HarperCollins)
· “Water & Salt” by Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, of Redmond (Red Hen Press)
2018 WSBA WINNERS: BOOKS FOR YOUTH CATEGORIES
· “Shawn Loves Sharks” by Curtis Manley, of Bellevue, illustrated by Tracy Subisak, of Portland (Roaring Book Press)
Books for Young Readers (ages 6 to 8)
· “Zoey and Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows” by Asia Citro, of Issaquah (Innovation Press)
Books for Middle Readers (ages 9 to 12)
· “The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming” by J. Anderson Coats, of Everett (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
Books for Young Adult Readers (ages 13 to 18)
· “The Arsonist” by Stephanie Oakes, of Spokane (Dial Books)
Also part of the honors, West Seattle-residing state Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna, as a contributor to “WA 129,” a collection of 129 poems by poets living in Washington, put together by her predecessor Tod Marshall.
Options for your Sunday – right after this reminder:
TRAFFIC ALERT: The Highway 99 and I-5 closures are scheduled to continue today, but in the past they’ve ended earlier – especially 99 – so we’ll be monitoring through the day, and will publish a separate update if that does happen. In the meantime, southbound 99 is closed between the West Seattle Bridge and Battery St. Tunnel, and northbound I-5 has lane closures starting south of the city and stretching to Olive Way.
Now, what’s up:
WALK WITH PODCAST: WEST SEATTLE: 10 am, meet at Whale Tail Park in Alki to join Podcast: West Seattle on a history-rich hike including Schmitz Park. Full details here. (59th SW/SW Lander)
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, fall freshness! In the street in the heart of The Junction. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)
PUMPKIN CARVING: 2-4 pm at Puget Ridge Edible Park:
Come enjoy pumpkin carving with your neighbors at PREP. Not only do you get to have fun with your neighbors, but you can leave the mess there as the scraps can go directly to the garden’s compost. Bring your own pumpkin, but there will be about 20 pumpkins for anyone who doesn’t have one. Afterward, you can stay and learn more about PREP during the monthly work meeting.
(18th SW/SW Brandon)
WRITING EMOTION IN FICTION: Local writer Karen Finneyfrock (who just emceed the Washington State Book Awards last night) will lead a workshop to “explore some of the ways writers create an emotional response in the reader. Primarily geared toward writers working on novels or short stories.” 2-4 pm, Southwest Library, free. (9010 35th SW)
CHILDREN’S MOONLIGHT FESTIVAL: 3-6 pm at the Vietnamese Cultural Center, as previewed here – activities, performances, more, for all ages. (2236 SW Orchard)
MADELINE TASQUIN: “Eclectic songwriter” performs at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm. (5612 California SW)
ALL-AGES SHOW: Blue Avenue, Fever Point, Sanya at The Skylark, doors at 5, show at 6, all ages, $5 cover. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
PREVIEW THE WEEK AHEAD … via our complete West Seattle calendar!