West Seattle, Washington
Veterans Day observances started tonight in West Seattle with the annual dinner at American Legion Post 160 in The Junction. The experiences of those who were there tonight spanned multiple services and multiple decades:
Below with Post 160 commander Keith Hughes, left, and American Legion state chaplain Chris Kuhnert is Chelsea Clayton, a West Seattleite who works as veterans’ affairs director for U.S. Senator Patty Murray.
As she had done at last year’s Post 160 dinner, Clayton read a message from Sen. Murray:
The heart of the message: “Please accept our sincere thanks for your dedication and service.” Tomorrow, November 11th, is not only Veterans Day but the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.
P.S. Post 160’s observance continues tomorrow morning as volunteers will be out early to place flags in The Junction.
Since Thanksgiving is on the earliest-possible date this year, November 22nd, the holiday season is starting semi-early, and so we’ve launched our annual WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide knowing that you’ll be sending MUCH more to add to it. Additions? firstname.lastname@example.org – parties, tastings, light shows, concerts, plays, craft events, open houses, bazaars, donation drives, holiday hours/closure info, Santa appearances, anything and everything that’s holiday-related and open to the public, happening now through New Year’s, send it! Thank you!
Canna Culture is now open at 5435 California SW, across the street from Canna West Seattle (WSB sponsor), and the “founding celebration” continues until 5. Above, the shops’ proprietor Maryam Mirnateghi, staff, and friends posed next to the new mural by Desmond Graves, while Chris Kelleher painted an indoor creation:
As previewed here earlier this week, Canna Culture “is designed to provide supplemental cannabis-related products to cannabis users.” Mirnateghi describes it as a “lifestyle boutique.”
Branded merchandise is available too:
This is the storefront where Canna West Seattle originally opened, before moving across the street to 5440 California SW this past spring.
On Thursday morning when staff opened the pool, we found a wheelchair in our lobby. We do not know who the owner is or why it was left at the pool but we really want to return it to its owner. The owner can call us at 206-684-7440 and describe the wheelchair. We really would like to see it reunited with its owner.
In the seasonal mood yet? Twelve days to Thanksgiving! And holiday bazaar season has begun! Until 3 pm today, Highland Park Improvement Club is full of local artists/vendors with ideas for your gift list … or maybe for yourself.
Among the sellers, Scouts from Troop 40593, Layla, Nora, Cora, and Lilliaa, with tea wallets and bath bombs:
Among the coolest merchandise – local maps and items made from them:
And if you’re hungry … HPIC has tons of treats. Mike and Christie were at the table with sweet potato pie, cookies, and more.
Plus, ways to show off your Highland Park pride:
HPIC is at 1116 SW Holden.
West Seattleite Patrick Gerding is on the board of Everyone for Veterans and wants to be sure everyone hears about the organization’s “open mic” event tomorrow – not in WS but not far – whether you are a veteran who would like to speak, or whether you could simply be there to listen:
Veterans Day is not just a day off or about Veterans Day Sales…..
Please join us in honoring and acknowledging veterans on November 11th. We are collaborating with What They Signed Up For to bring you a free event where veterans and their families will share their stories of deployment to combat and readjustment at home. The public can listen and learn at this meaningful celebration.
(Steller’s Jay, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
First big Saturday of the holiday season, though these aren’t ALL holiday highlights:
SPECIAL TIME/PLACE FOR WS LINUX USER GROUP: If you’re going to the Seattle GNU/Linux Conference, catch up with WSeaLUG there. 8 am – info here – at Seattle Central College on Capitol Hill. (1701 Broadway)
CLEAN UP ROXHILL PARK: Grab your gloves and go help the neighbors who’ve been taking care of Roxhill Park for years. 9 am, meet in the parking lot. (29th SW/SW Barton)
WHITE CENTER SUMMIT: 9 am breakfast, 10 am summit, all welcome at Evergreen High School. (830 SW 116th)
HPIC HOLIDAY BAZAAR: Today’s the day for the legendary Highland Park Improvement Club Holiday Bazaar, 10 am-3 pm. 20+ vendors! Lunch for sale! Bar open! (1116 SW Holden)
FAUNTLEROY FINE ART AND HOLIDAY GIFT SHOW: 2nd of 3 days and the longest, 10 am-4 pm. Vendors are listed in our report from the first night. At the Fauntleroy Church Fellowship Hall. (9140 California SW)
SHOREWOOD ELEMENTARY HOLIDAY BAZAAR: 10 am-4 pm at the school, featuring handmade goods and Santa photos, among other things. (2725 SW 116th)
NURSERY OPEN HOUSE: West Seattle Nursery holiday open house, 11 am-2 pm, with special presentations and demonstrations. (California/Brandon)
TAPROOT SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: 11 am-1 pm, this K-5 school invites you to its Fauntleroy Schoolhouse open house. (9131 California SW)
LOOK FOR SALMON @ ‘OPEN CREEK‘: Noon-3 pm, you’re invited to visit Fauntleroy Creek, where you just might see spawning salmon. Go to the fish-ladder overlook and wait for a volunteer to come escort you to creekside. More info here. If you’ve never been before, this Google Street View shows you the entrance. (Upper Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Director)
CANNA CULTURE GRAND OPENING: 1-5 pm, it’s a party celebrating the opening of Canna Culture, in what had been the original location of Canna West Seattle (WSB sponsor), with art, food, education, and more, as detailed here. 21+. (5435 California SW)
VISCON CELLARS WINE RELEASE: Day 2! Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor) has just released “a 2015 Unoaked Chardonnay and our 2014 Heart Box Red Merlot. Just in time for the Thanksgiving Holidays, both these wines pair great with traditional holiday meals.” The tasting room/wine bar is open 2-7 pm today. (5910 California SW)
BOOK DRIVE: 2-4 pm at Aegis West Seattle (WSB sponsor). Bring books, get cocoa and cookies! (4700 SW Admiral Way)
VETERANS DAY DINNER: It’s an annual tradition – free spaghetti dinner for veterans and their families as well as others with connection to the armed services. Dinner starts at 5:30 pm at American Legion Post 160; program at 6. (3618 SW Alaska)
NELSON WRIGHT & STEVE BECK: 7-9 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), singer-songwriters “in the Americana tradition.” (5612 California SW)
THE OLD GROWTH QUARTET: 7:30 pm at Kenyon Hall – “the band features an eclectic repertoire of traditional and original music, with deep roots in bluegrass, country, and folk.” (7904 35th SW)
BENEFIT FOR WOUNDED WARRIORS: Country singer/songwriter Lauren Davidson‘s show at The Skylark benefits the Wounded Warriors Project. Doors at 8, music at 9, advance tickets here. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
SEE WHAT ELSE IS UP … via our complete calendar.
2:12 AM: Seattle Fire is sending a “rescue extrication” response to Harbor Avenue SW, in the 7-11 vicinity. It’s described as a one-car crash. Per scanner, the driver hit a utility pole at high speed and is still in the car; SFD expects to have to cut the vehicle’s roof off to get the person out.
2:17 AM: Still monitoring via radio communication: The driver is described as a 23-year-old woman.
2:22 AM: Harbor is closed both ways at the crash scene.
2:38 AM: The driver’s been extricated and will be taken by SFD Medic 32 to the hospital with a reported head injury; her car is described as wrapped around the pole and SFD quoted police as estimating she was going 80+ mph.