West Seattle, Washington
The SPD log shows another burglary reported in Gatewood today – and this time we’ve heard from the victim. Mark reports:
While work(ing) on my security cameras this afternoon (!!!) , I stepped inside and left my garage doors open for several minutes. A guy drove by, stopped, and came into the garage. Fortunately he only stole a bike pump. Attached are pictures of the guy and his truck.
I literally was out of the garage for 90 seconds at the time of the theft.
This was in an alley behind the 6700 block of 38th SW. If you have any information about the person in Mark’s images, the SPD case # is 2019-443068.
7:28 PM: We’re at Lowman Beach Park, first stop of the Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship‘s 2019 season. After about 20 minutes of live holiday music for those on board and on shore, the ship – and the boat
s sailing with it – will head to Alki Beach, with that stop scheduled for 8:10 pm. After tonight, you have two more chances to see and hear this holiday tradition – 8:40 pm tomorrow (Saturday, November 30th), by Salty’s on Alki (1936 Harbor SW; WSB sponsor), and then an afternoon stop on Saturday, December 7th, at Don Armeni Boat Ramp (1220 Harbor SW), 3:05 pm (following a 2 pm visit to Duwamish Waterway Park in South Park). Video later!
8:41 PM: One boat accompanied the Christmas Ship off Lowman Beach – now that we’re home and getting a closer look at the photos, we can identify it as the Baltic Sea, which belongs to Husky Deli proprietor Jack Miller. Onshore – the traditional bonfire:
(added) Video, with two songs:
The Kirkland Choral Society was singing tonight.
ADDED 9:58 PM: Two photos received by email – thank you!
That one’s from a neighbor in the Lowman Beach area. Below, from David Hutchinson, during the Alki visit:
Again this year, The Christmas People are planning to make the holiday merrier, with your help – especially if you can bake and donate cookies. We just received the announcement:
The Christmas People will gather again at Alki Masonic Center, 4736 40th Ave SW, on Monday, Dec. 23, Tuesday, Dec. 24, and Wednesday, December 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help in the kitchen during those hours; also needed, 3,000 homemade cookies, which may be dropped off.
Each day we will prepare 350 meals in full-size aluminum trays for women’s shelters in downtown Seattle. On Christmas Day we will host homeless, veterans, seniors, and those who need a meal. From noon to 4 p.m. there will be a full complimentary holiday buffet in Alki Masonic Center Dining Room. This is our 21st year. For further information, contact Fred Hutchinson at 206-719-4979 or firstname.lastname@example.org
First holiday-shopping season in Morgan Junction for Thunder Road Guitars (WSB sponsor) – but the even bigger milestone for proprietor Frank Gross: TRG is celebrating its 8th anniversary! To commemorate that, and to help you shop local, TRG started a two-day sale (as noted in our Holiday Guide) that continues until 6 pm tonight, again 10 am-6 pm tomorrow – and online if you’d rather shop that way!
15% off most new, used and vintage guitars
15% off most amplifiers
15% off all pedals in stock
Thunder Road Guitars is at 6400 California SW, and online here.
Crews on the Avalon/35th repaving-and-more project have been off the past two days but are scheduled to resume work with a new phase: Moving onto the SW Alaska block that’s also part of the plan, between 35th and 36th. The latest SDOT update:
We are continuing to install traffic and parking signs on SW Avalon Way. Please take note of the 2-hour parking signs being installed on SW Bradford St, and south of SW Bradford St.
Zone F (SW Alaska St from 35th Ave SW to 36th Ave SW):
As soon as the week of December 2, we will be closing the south side of 36th Ave SW at SW Alaska St for a few weeks to install new water utilities. Please expect loud noise, dust, and vibrations while we complete this work.
As we begin work on SW Alaska St, please follow King County Metro’s Rider Alerts to stay up to date on bus stop changes.
Work near 35th Ave SW and SW Avalon Way Intersection:
We are continuing work at the northeast corner of 35th Ave SW and SW Avalon Way to install water utilities, pour new road panels, and rebuild sidewalks and curb ramps. This intersection will continue to change as work continues. Please drive slowly as our traffic control will shift frequently.
*Traffic delays at the 35th Ave SW and SW Avalon Way intersection due to temporary lane reductions
*One lane of travel in each direction on SW Avalon Way
*Right turns in and out of driveways at this time
Work is continuing in Zones C, D and E. See our website or most recent email updates for more information on what’s taking place.
1:55 PM: If you have to head north of downtown any time in the next few hours, you’ll want to avoid Highway 99. It’s closed north of the Aurora Bridge because of a deadly crash involving a flipped car. Initial emergency-radio reports – and a text from a WSB reader who was there right after it happened – were that one person was dead at the scene, at least one other with life-threatening injuries.
4:09 PM: NB traffic is still being diverted, at last report onto Bridge Way. The Seattle Times reports the incident involved a woman driving onto a sidewalk and hitting 4 pedestrians, one of whom was killed.
6:15 PM: NB Aurora remains closed. SPD has published this update on the case, saying the driver will be booked into jail for investigation of vehicular homicide.
6:27 PM: SDOT has just announced the scene is clear.
12:54 PM: Today is Native American Heritage Day, and the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse and Cultural Center in West Seattle (4705 West Marginal Way SW) is the perfect place to honor that. While you can visit year-round, today (and five more days this holiday season) brings an extra reason – the Holiday Native Gift Fair and Art Market. Participating artists and other vendors are lining both main public areas.
Art, apparel, jewelry, drums, carvings, teas, and body-care items are among the merchandise. The fair is on until 5 pm today, 10 am-5 pm again tomorrow and Sunday, and then a second 3-day run December 13-14-15. There’s overflow parking in the former bus lot across West Marginal, and a crossing guard.
ADDED FRIDAY NIGHT: More photos:
The art above is by Terrance Guardipee; the drums below, by Sharon Byerly of Drums and Dreams:
Though the parade also includes Santa, inflatables, costumed characters, dogs, and the Salty’s (WSB sponsor) Nutcrackers, students from all over Western Washington – Sequim to Centralia – are the stars.
ADDED 2:11 PM: Photos and longer clips. First, the cheer teams:
And the Salty’s Nutcrackers:
NATIVE HOLIDAY GIFT FAIR: First of three days of the uwamish Longhouse Native Northwest Holiday Gift Fair at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse in West Seattle, 10 am-5 pm. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)
ANNIVERSARY SALE: Thunder Road Guitars‘ 8th-anniversary sale. (6400 California SW)
WYATT’S JEWELERS SALE: Black Friday at Wyatt’s Jewelers (WSB sponsor) in Westwood Village:
Black Friday Deals
50% off select items, and 10% off everything in the store. We have lots of new inventory & design trends for this season’s gifts!
(2600 SW Barton)
WINE SALE: West Seattle Cellars on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday:
All wines on the shelf over $20 will be 15% off (20% off for club members)
Note: discount does not apply to wines on hold or special orders.
Today’s hours: 11:00 – 8:00; free tasting from 5:00 to 8:00. (6026 California SW)
Spend an afternoon with friends and family for a fun day of fellowship and gaming. Food and drink specials, Free Pumpkin Pie at 2:00 pm, and lots of staff on hand to teach new games and help out with selection and play, adults get a Mystery Coupon for use later in the holiday season. Share your abundance by bringing a donation for the West Seattle Food Bank.
(3727 California SW)
HOLY ROSARY TREE LOT: The Holy Rosary Tree Lot, north of the school, opens for the season at 9 am.
WEST SEATTLE YULETIDE: Anticipated start of music-synched West Seattle Yuletide – schedule TBA. (38th SW between SW Genesee and SW Dakota)
CHRISTMAS SHIP: Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship in West Seattle! Two stops are on the schedule for tonight:
-7:25 pm at Lowman Beach Park (7017 Beach Drive SW)
-8:10 pm at Alki Beach Park (2701 Alki Avenue SW)
Kirkland Choral Society will be aboard.
BLACK FRIDAY PARTY: 9 pm at Parliament Tavern – wear black for this party with The Moonspinners. $8 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
6:16 AM: Good morning! What you need to know to get going:
*Metro‘s on a “reduced weekday” schedule
*King County Water Taxi is not running today
*Sound Transit: Express buses on weekday schedule, light rail on Saturday schedule
*Street closures and bus reroutes downtown for Macy’s Holiday Parade and star lighting, at 9 am and 5 pm respectively
*Street parking in pay-station areas is NOT free today
8:29 AM: Bridge is wide open – we’re eastbound to cover local parade participants downtown -but beware of a stalled trash/recycling truck in the outside lane at the crest.