West Seattle, Washington
Multiple texters report calling 911 after hearing suspected gunfire in the Riverview area about half an hour ago. One also mentions hearing “a fleeing vehicle.” No reports of shooting victim(s), nor are we hearing anything about police finding evidence of gunfire (casings, damage) so far.
With Christmas a little more than a week away, delivery drivers and mail carriers will be busier than ever. And so will thieves. Thomas reports this happened late this afternoon:
We’re just north of the Morgan Junction on 46th and … had a couple packages rummaged through on our porch. Both packages were roughly cut open. Nothing taken, but they were not valuable items. No video unfortunately, but whoever did it is obviously following the driver around as we were out of the house for less than 40 minutes.
If you’re expecting a package via USPS, note this comment from earlier today, saying Westwood-based carriers will be out delivering them earlier than usual this week.
Our video shows the start of tonight’s Christmas Light Run, as participants headed north from West Seattle Runner (2743 California SW; WSB sponsor) in The Admiral District. It’s a holiday-season tradition – this was the 9th annual CL Run! – with the route scouted out every year by proprietors Lori McConnell and Tim McConnell:
Here’s the route they traveled tonight. The outbound end is usually West Seattle Lights (the synched-to-music display at 3908 SW Charlestown), and the McConnells encourage donation to WSL’s chosen charities, including the West Seattle Food Bank.
P.S. Another big event at West Seattle Runner this week – 6:30 pm Wednesday (December 19th), you’re invited to the next info night for the early 2019 edition of Get Fit, West Seattle, a free couch-to-half-marathon program – details are in our calendar listing.
Continuing to spotlight local lights of note: We noticed this house, on the west side of 44th SW between Lander and Stevens, when visiting the nearby Lafayette Elementary display last night. The green-lit greenery is especially eye-catching. Several other houses on the block, including one right next door, are worth a look too.
Got lights to suggest? email@example.com – thanks! See what we’ve shown already by scrolling through this WSB archive section.
From the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide: Looking for something to do now that the football game is over? Go visit Cocoa Cris Cringle at Easy Street Records (California/Alaska), visiting this evening for his annual photo sessions raising money for the West Seattle Food Bank.
($20 suggested donation.) He’ll be there until 8 tonight.
The photo and announcement of tomorrow’s “Ham Jam Session” are from the West Seattle Amateur Radio Club, via Jim Edwards:
The past two Mondays, West Seattle Amateur Radio Club has hosted the new Hams in the area at the West Seattle Senior Center for an in-person session during our weekly radio check-in (every Monday night at 6:30) on the West Seattle Repeater W7AW. Input frequencies, output frequencies, and PL tones can all be intimidating terms, and every brand of radio has a different way to program them. Pressing that big button on the left side of the radio and knowing your voice will be broadcast throughout the entire Puget Sound Basin is somewhat daunting as well. So these “post-license test” sessions have been intended to introduce the nicknamed KJ7s to their radio operation and on-air etiquette. The FCC passes out licenses in systemic order, so all the new hams in this most recent class have license call signs starting with the prefix and region code of KJ7.) There will be one more Ham Jam Session this Monday the 17th, for any new hams, or anyone who has received a license previously, but hasn’t figured how to program that darn radio yet.
Monday, December 17
5:45 to 7:15 pm
West Seattle Senior Center / Nelson Room
4217 SW Oregon St
Upstairs and to your right.
For more information on amateur radio here in West Seattle visit westseattlearc.org
Despite some damage from Friday night’s windstorm, Lafayette Elementary‘s first-ever Winter Festival of Lights was a success. We stopped by last night and parent volunteer Sarah Whitehead, who came up with the idea, gave us a tour.
The rainbow walkway, built by SODO Makerspace, was a highlight – we recorded some video of the moving lights:
Sarah said her family was outside the area checking out displays like the Bellevue Botanical Garden d’Lites when she thought it would be great for West Seattleites to have more to see closer to home. So over the past year, they planned, got donations from community businesses, sponsorships, and the show was a go! “Definitely a community effort,” she told us. The displays Friday and Saturday nights included some inflatable characters, too – we stopped to admire this one:
The wind took out some planned outdoor features such as an “alley of light” leading north to Wiseman’s Appliance, but it was splendid just the same, with a few indoor features including lanterns made by Lafayette classes:
Watch for Year 2 next year!
12:02 PM: The crew from the West Seattle Helpline says it’s “exciting!” People have already filled that bin with new/gently used coats, hats, scarves, and socks multiple times, and you can help too if you get here by 2 pm. They’re on the west side of the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle tent at the south end of the market (California/Alaska) and treats await you there too – candy and cocoa.
Steps away, the Santa Bus is back, for free rides around The Junction, and photos:
(Look for the Quail Park Memory Care of West Seattle [WSB sponsor] tent.) Right across SW Alaska, on the southwest corner of Walk-All-Ways, you can support Pathfinder K-8 School outdoor education by buying one of their remaining handmade wreaths – reduced prices today!
Also until 2 – while supplies last. And this is all happening while the West Seattle Farmers’ Market fills California SW with its usual festivity north to SW Oregon.
4:44 PM: Final tally from the Helpline, shared via Hometown Holidays-presenting West Seattle Junction Association:
Together we were able to collect 371 coats, hats, gloves and scarves (and an additional 89 assorted clothing items) to help keep our neighbors warm this winter! Truly a community effort.
HELP LINCOLN PARK: 9 am-noon, forest restoration party. Details in our calendar listing. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)
COAT DRIVE: Bring new or gently used coats, hats, scarves, gloves to the West Seattle Kiwanis booth at the south end of the West Seattle Farmers’ Market 10 am-2 pm as donations to the West Seattle Helpline‘s Clothesline and enjoy some cocoa! (California/Alaska)
SANTA BUS: Free rides in The Junction, 10 am-2 pm. Look for the Quail Park Memory Care Residences of West Seattle (WSB sponsor) tent at the south end of the Farmers’ Market. (California/Alaska)
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm as always – see what’s fresh! (California SW between SW Alaska and SW Oregon)
SUPPORT A SCHOOL, BUY A WREATH: Pathfinder K-8 PTSA and students make handmade wreaths and sell them in The Junction during the West Seattle Farmers Market (10 am-2 pm) – today is the last scheduled day. Reduced prices! All proceeds support outdoor education. Look for the booth on the KeyBank corner. (California/Alaska)
‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL’: Last chance to see Twelfth Night Productions‘ “A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play.” 3 pm at Kenyon Hall. Buy your ticket(s) online at this Brown Paper Tickets link, or at the venue box office. (7904 35th SW)
CARTOONING SANTA: He’s at Luna Park Café, 4-7 pm. (2918 SW Avalon Way)
SONGS OF CHRISTMAS: Seasonal singalong at Admiral UCC, 4 pm. (4320 SW Hill)
SONGS OF THE SEASON: Christmas Concert at Fauntleroy Church, 4 pm: “Enjoy both new and familiar music of the season in a free vocal and instrumental concert by the chancel choir.” (9140 California SW)
ALKI LIGHT SHOW: Second night for the 2018 Uehara-Bingen Xmas Lights Show on Alki! Be there at 5:30 pm for the 30-minute show that starts at 5:45 pm. More info in our Holiday Guide. (1708 Alki SW)
CHRISTMAS LIGHT RUN: 6 pm, West Seattle Runner‘s 2018 Christmas Lights Run – and more! Meet at the store:
Come for the 2.5-3 mile easy group run. We move at a pace conducive to safety, light-viewing and picture pauses. We are still looking for someone to lead the caroling! Come with lights to see and be seen, festive garb, reflective gear, kids and dogs and lots of cheer! Afterwards we will serve cookies and beverage; nog may or may not be spiked. Come one, come all and stay on the sidewalks. Feel free to bring canned goods or donations for the Helmstetler Home charities as we will stop there to finish out the run.
(2743 California SW)
THE GIFT – AN ALKI UCC MUSICAL CHRISTMAS: Benefit concert at 6 pm:
ALL are welcome at Alki United Church of Christ so come as you are to this first-of-its-kind Alki neighborhood Christmas concert! Led by Marshan Goodwin-Moultry, The Alki UCC Choir takes you on a journey through new arrangements of traditional Christmas favorites and “get-up-outta-your-seat” Gospel music. Link to online tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3904962
Your $5 General Admission ticket benefits THREE amazing local organizations:
Camp Second Chance
West Seattle Helpline
Alki United Church of Christ (Alki UCC)
Child care available onsite with advance reservation; contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Refreshments and goodies served after the concert!
(6115 SW Hinds)
Got something for our calendar or Holiday Guide (which runs through New Year’s)? Send it! Thank you.
Caspar Babypants is a musician for all seasons. This year his West Seattle shows included Summer Concerts at Hiawatha, SPF30 at Alki, and a holiday-season performance Saturday night at Easy Street Records. It wasn’t an all-holiday program, though – we recorded the timeless “My Flea Has Dogs“:
The not-so-silent night was sponsored by a neighbor from down the block, Verity Credit Union (WSB sponsor), as part of the West Seattle Junction Hometown Holidays. CB did at one point add a seasonal touch to his year-round uniform: