West Seattle, Washington
Bowling, beer, and hunger-fighting, all rolled into one big event – that’s the Beer Church Turkey Bowl, and tonight it filled West Seattle Bowl (and countless glasses) for the 21st year. Your hosts as always, Kendall Jones and Kim Sharpe Jones of the Beer Church:
One of the night’s biggest signs of success was actually outside WS Bowl:
One of the breweries participating tonight, Old Stove Brewing, brought a half-ton of donated food in that van! That and other donations were a reason for West Seattle Food Bank executive director Fran Yeatts to smile:
Though the bowling lanes always sell out in advance, the Turkey Bowl is always open to community spectators to come drink some beer – including this year’s newly released Beer Church IPA – and get in on raffles:
In the crowd, we spotted Washington Beer Commission executive director Eric Radovich:
You might also know him from his announcing work – from the West Seattle 5K to Husky Stadium. And if you don’t already know – the Beer Church’s leaders also have a statewide role in the beer world too, publishing the Washington Beer Blog. Even if you missed tonight’s event, watch for the Beer Church IPA at a pub near you.
Two weeks from tonight, you’re invited to the biggest event of the West Seattle Junction Hometown Holidays season … the Tree Lighting at Junction Plaza Park. The event will follow the format to which it changed last year – the lighting (6 pm Saturday, December 7th) will happen during a street-closed Night Market, with special musical performances throughout the afternoon and evening. From the West Seattle Junction Association, here’s the schedule, with West Seattle musician Brent Amaker emceeing:
4:00 PM Mode Music Studios
4:20 PM Endolyne Children’s Choir
4:45 PM School of Rock West Seattle
5:15 PM The Not-Its!
6:00 PM Santa and Jack Menashe light the tree!
The Night Market, on SW Alaska adjacent to the park, will start at 3 pm. But come to The Junction early and shop the year-round merchants; stay for dinner and/or drinks afterward!
Story and photos by Jason Grotelueschen
Reporting for West Seattle Blog
Neighbors and Sound Transit staff gathered Thursday night for a “neighborhood forum” at the Alki Masonic Center to talk about the West Seattle expansion of light rail, and what it means for the community.
It was a busy couple of days for light rail discussions. Earlier that same day, the ST Board gathered downtown for its regular meeting, focused on a discussion/briefing about the outcomes and effects of Initiative 976 (full WSB coverage here). The night before, ST held a neighborhood forum in downtown Seattle at the Central Library. Coming up the week after Thanksgiving, ST is holding additional forums in Chinatown-International District, Interbay/Ballard and right here in Delridge (info here).
The well-attended 2-hour forum began with an “open house” format, followed by a Sound Transit presentation and then an hour of individual table discussions. As attendees arrived, they were able to view informational materials and share input centered around two key questions: 1) What do you value about your community? and 2) How could a light rail station best serve your community?
Until 4:30 pm, you can visit the Discovery Shop in the West Seattle Junction and wish its volunteer staff – including Julia Jech and Midori Morgan-Gaide, in our photo above – a happy 29th anniversary! Proceeds from the shop at 4535 California SW benefit the American Cancer Society. There’s an anniversary deal for you if you visit today – 40 percent off one non-sale item. Even if you don’t want to shop, you can help the American Cancer Society by donating items for sale, Julia and Midori reminded us – nothing too big, no electronics, but they welcome “upscale resale merchandise.” You can be a volunteer too; stop in any time and find out how.
As you might have noticed, today’s highlights list is peppered with pop-ups and bazaars. So we’re out dropping in on them.
STOP #1, ARROWHEAD GARDENS: Many handmade options at this bazaar, on until 3 pm in the community/welcome building on the east side of the complex (9200 2nd SW). We liked the bookmarks (above), which won’t fall out of your book like the traditional paper type. Jams, jellies, art, hats, bags, decorations, several rooms full of friendly vendors and their creations.
STOP #2, THE KENNEY: The bake sale (above) impressed us the most here – otherwise it’s more of a rummage sale.
On until 3 pm (lower level of central building, 7125 Fauntleroy Way SW).
STOP #3, ALKI MASONIC CENTER: Biggest bazaar yet. Jim’s ceramic tabletop Christmas trees are a highlight.
Non-electronic creations too:
40th/Edmunds, until 4 pm.
STOP #4, WESTBRIDGE: This is a combination real-estate open house and pop-up shopping event, 3601 Fauntleroy, until 3 pm. Luxury clothing and jewelry. Plus wine and “small bites”:
And you can tour the newly built homes at WestBridge.
STOP #5, WHITE CENTER POP-UP MARKET: At 9630 16th SW, a currently empty and undergoing-renovations storefront in downtown White Center, this first-of-its-kind event is under way until 5 pm. The White Center Community Development Association organized it with the theme “resisting displacement”:
You can learn about longtime WC businesses while shopping and browsing participating vendors.
It’s known as the turkey giveaway, but what Eastridge Church is offering right now is also all about keeping warm – stacks of clothing to keep away the chill. It’s also about the volunteers – like these Girl Scouts:
Others had warm beverages for those waiting in line:
We also found a familiar face among those volunteering:
Mark Solomon‘s job as an SPD Crime Prevention Coordinator used to include West Seattle’s Southwest Precinct; now he works in the South Precinct (and recently ran for City Council). Meantime, yes, there are turkeys:
No proof of need required – just show up at 39th/Oregon, while they last.
(We’ll be checking back in a bit to see how it’s going.) Eastridge does this every year at tts two campuses, West Seattle and Issaquah, with 1,500 turkeys between the two.
(Photo by Robin Sinner, shared via the WSB Flickr group)
First – from the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide:
EASTRIDGE CHURCH’S TURKEY/GROCERIES GIVEAWAY: Starting at 9 am hundreds of turkeys and bags of groceries will be given away at Eastridge Church. No proof of need required. Free coats available too. (4500 39th SW)
BAZAAR #1: Alki Masonic Center Holiday Bazaar, bake sale & food concessions too, 9 am-4 pm. (4736 40h SW)
BAZAAR #2: 10 am-3 pm, holiday bazaar/bake sale/rummage sale at The Kenney. (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW)
BAZAAR #3: Arrowhead Gardens Holiday Bazaar, 10 am-3 pm. 20+ vendors! (9200 2nd SW)
OPEN HOUSE: Northwest Art & Frame Holiday Open House from 10 am to 5 pm: “There will be demos and discounts on various products, treats and goodies to snack on, and raffle drawings every 15 minutes.” (4733 California SW)
WHITE CENTER POP-UP MARKET: The White Center Community Development Association is presenting the first Community Pop-Up Market, 1 pm-5 pm: “Local artists, makers, and chefs will be showcasing and selling the products that they create with community. All proceeds will go to the local vendors.” (9630 16th SW)
BEER CHURCH TURKEY BOWL: 5:30-8 pm at West Seattle Bowl – lanes are sold out but you’re invited to join the party – donate food to the West Seattle Food Bank, get in on raffles, drink the Beer Church‘s new IPA, the list goes on. More info in our preview. (39th/Oregon)
And from the year-round WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
KICKBALL SATURDAY: Highland Park Elementary‘s announcement of the new salmon “mural” in progress included an invitation for you to join this community event at the school today, 9:30 am. (1012 SW Trenton)
ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION BENEFIT: Enjoy live music and give the Alzheimer’s Association a boost tonight at The Skylark, 8 pm – details here. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
‘THE ORIGINALS’: 8 pm curtain for this world-premiere play at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
JOE T. COOK BLUES BAND CD RELEASE: 8 pm-midnight at Poggie Tavern, high-energy old-school Chicago and Texas Blues, Swing, and Originals, celebrating the new CD “Doghouse Joe.”
No cover. 21+. (4717 California SW)
DANCE PARTY: 9 pm at Parliament Tavern, with Will Rainier & The Pines, Ouija Boob, DJ Sheila Weeeee, DJ Dead Air. $8 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)