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VIDEO: Our Lady of Guadalupe hosts top-of-the-city tree lighting

The tree at the top of the city is shining bright tonight, after >Our Lady of Guadalupe‘s “Light Up the Night” celebration. The voice you hear in the countdown above is that of Yonathan:

He and other OLG students were part of the festivities – some of the Christmas classics sung tonight were led by 4th and 5th graders:

Also singing tonight, the Starry Crowns – and of course, the crowd!

Brian Callanan emceed, and the crowd heard briefly from OLG’s new-this-year pastor, Fr. Kevin Duggan. The night is also a celebration of giving, with lots of volunteer power going into the event, plus donations collected for local food banks:

After caroling wrapped up outside, everyone was invited inside the Walmesley Center, where cookies enhanced the holiday cheer:

You can enjoy the big tree, and the other lights on the church grounds, at 35th/Myrtle throughout the season. (About that elevation … 512 feet!)

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Music-synched West Seattle Yuletide is back!

December 6, 2019 8:58 pm
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 |   Holidays | West Seattle Christmas lights | West Seattle news

From the lights-and-lightings section of the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide: East of The Junction, music-synched West Seattle Yuletide is bigger and brighter this year.

” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>As explained here, the show will run Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night, 5-9 pm, until December 20th, when it’ll go nightly. You can find West Seattle Yuletide on the east side of 38th SW between Genesee and Dakota; the soundtrack, audible if you’re on the sidewalk, is broadcast on 101.9 FM if you’re in your car.

HOLIDAY GIVING: Nucor and its workers’ giant gift for West Seattle Food Bank

(WSB photos/video)

Every holiday season, Nucor Steel – the mill by the bridge – and its workers deliver a big gift to the West Seattle Food Bank, donating food and money. This year, after an internal competition between teams at the plant, the gifts weren’t just big, they were huge. We usually cover the delivery at WSFB HQ; this year we were invited to visit Nucor as they prepared for the delivery, too.

The food totaled almost five tons – 9,501 pounds (double last year’s total) – and required multiple trucks to be loaded for transport to WSFB:

The money donated by employees totaled $1,720. And the company’s match multiplied all that in a big way.

Nucor matched the donation with $2 for each $1 donated and each pound of food donated, so the company gave WSFB $22,442!

Here’s how the Nucor internal competition broke out:

Admin/Sales – 3,351 pounds plus $1,000
Rolling Mill/Shipping – 3,675 pounds plus $430
Melt Shop – 1,295 pounds plus $290
Connex/Emergency Trailer – 1,180 pounds

The Admin/Sales team will be presented with a trophy next week.

P.S. You can help the Food Bank in a variety of ways this season – some are listed in the Giving Opportunities section of the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide, and you can also donate food and/or money directly to WSFB!


Three notes in West Seattle Crime Watch this afternoon:

WARRANT: Several people have asked about this; the SWAT officers in High Point this afternoon were there to serve a warrant. No other details yet.

PROWLER: From Brian west of The Junction:

Caught someone looking through windows and trying to open our front door today. Near 47th and Alaska. Reported to police and they came by about 15 mins later to check on the house. He went North. Please post video.

The incident # is 19-451485.

PREVENTION: From Southwest Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Danner, the latest newsletter focuses on burglary/robbery prevention, with a seasonal emphasis:

PREVIEW: What you’ll find at Saturday’s West Seattle Junction Hometown Holidays Night Market

Before and after the 6 pm tree lighting at Junction Plaza Park tomorrow, you’ll be able to shop a bigger-than-ever Night Market in the street on SW Alaska between California and 42nd. We talked with West Seattle Junction Association executive director Lora Radford for a quick preview:

You’ll find 40 vendors, 15 of them in partnership with the West Seattle Farmers’ Market, some others in partnership with the Alki Art Fair – “nice combination of local makers and artists.” A couple Junction favorites, too – Bakery Nouveau will have a booth. Meantime, music starts in the park just before 4 pm with Mode Music Studios (WSB sponsor) – see our previous tree-lighting preview for the full entertainment schedule. Also at the Night Market: Santa! (P.S. Note that this section of Alaska will close to traffic about 11 am for setup.)

LIGHT RAIL: Delridge forum Saturday; 2 more West Seattle drilling locations

December 6, 2019 12:12 pm
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 |   Delridge | Sound Transit | Transportation | West Seattle news

With I-976-related funding uncertainty in the background, planning proceeds for West Seattle light rail. Two notes today:

(WSB photo from November forum)

DELRIDGE FORUM SATURDAY: 10 am-noon tomorrow at Delridge Community Center (4501 Delridge Way SW), Sound Transit‘s next “neighborhood forum” will focus on Delridge station-area planning. As announced by ST, “This event focuses on the Delridge station and builds upon the community engagement and collaboration approach outlined in the Racial Equity Toolkit. Spanish and Vietnamese interpreters will be available.” (Here’s our coverage of last month’s West Seattle forum.)

MORE DRILLING: Meantime, as part of the environmental studies along the potential routing alternatives, drilling continues for soil testing. ST is circulating flyers for the next two locations, both along SW Genesee, near 30th SW for five days starting as soon as Monday (PDF flyer here), and near 31st SW, same duration/time frame (PDF flyer here).

Lights, art, music, theater, more for your West Seattle Friday!

December 6, 2019 10:44 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

The weekend’s in view! First, the Friday highlights, from the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide and year-round Event Calendar:

LAFAYETTE LIGHTS & CRAFT FAIR: Lafayette Elementary Winter Light Festival, second night, 5-7 pm:

You are invited to our Lafayette Winter Light Festival, This is our second light festival (practically a tradition now).

(Photo from WSB coverage Thursday night)

Come check out our twinkling winter wonderland, designed and built by our students and parent volunteers. This community building event is for all students, their families and friends as well as our entire West Seattle Community. Come sip hot cocoa and enjoy a cookie while taking a stroll in the “snow” through our outdoor light display.

And indoors, also 5-7 pm, the Lafayette Craft Fair & Wrapping Event! (2645 California SW)

WEST SEATTLE’S TASTIEST OPEN HOUSE: Tonight’s the night for the ever-popular Husky Deli Open House, 5 pm-9 pm. (4721 California SW)

ART OPENING AT VAIN: 5-8:30 pm, you’re invited to the opening party at VAIN (WSB sponsor) in The Junction: “Using old growth cedar salvaged from construction site dumpsters, Andy McConnell makes works of art that seek to honor material that once stood as ancient trees in primordial forests.” (4513 California SW)

LIGHTS AND MUSIC: Weekend shows resume tonight for music-synched West Seattle Yuletide, starting around 5 pm – see the updated schedule here. (38th SW between SW Genesee and SW Dakota)

ALEX ASHELY: Singer-songwriter live at Pacific Room on Alki (WSB sponsor), 5-6 pm. No cover. All ages. (2808 Alki SW)

CORNER BAR: 6 pm, the monthly pop-up bar at Highland Park Improvement Club is open to all. (1116 SW Holden)

TREE LIGHTING AND MORE: Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish & School invite you to “Light Up the Night,” with Christmas caroling, hot chocolate, and of course, lights, including the giant tree at the city’s highest elevation! Bring nonperishable food donations to fill the sleigh in the Walmesley Center. 7 pm. (35th SW/SW Myrtle)

2 ORCHESTRAS, 1 FREE CONCERT: West Seattle Community Orchestras‘ Wind Symphony & Symphony Orchestra in concert – program details here:

(Photo courtesy WSCO)

7 pm at Chief Sealth International High School Auditorium. Admission is FREE; donations appreciated! (2600 SW Thistle)

HOLIDAY BELLS: Bells of the Sound at Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor): 7:30 pm – show and ticket details here. (3940 41st SW)

‘HEAD OVER HEELS’: Still a few tickets for tonight’s performance of the ArtsWest (WSB sponsor) musical – check here. 7:30 pm curtain. (4711 California SW)

‘MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET’: Opening night for Twelfth Night Productions‘ presentation of “Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Radio Play.” 7:30 pm curtain at Kenyon Hall. Buy your ticket(s) online at this Brown Paper Tickets link, or at the venue box office. (7904 35th SW)

JOHN ‘GREYHOUND’ MAXWELL: Blues musician live at Pacific Room on Alki (WSB sponsor), 8 pm. Cover info here.

ROCK, POP, JAZZ … with WilloW, Johhny & The Moles, Kristy Smith & The 350s, 9 pm at Parliament Tavern. $8 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

WHAT ELSE IS UP? Check in any time with our Event Calendar and/or Holiday Guide!

HOLIDAY HELP: Giving Tree for teens

December 6, 2019 9:40 am
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 |   Holidays | How to help | West Seattle news

Just added to the “Giving Opportunities” section in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide:

holidaypresent.jpgJohn L Scott Westwood has teamed up with the Southwest Boys and Girls Club of King County to ensure 100 in need teenagers will have a Happy Holiday.

Join John L Scott Westwood in helping make the holiday season brighter for this often forgotten age group. Visit John L Scott Westwood (2600 SW Barton St., Suite A6), between NOW and December 18. Take a wish from a needy teenager and deliver your unwrapped gift back to John L Scott Westwood, no later than Wednesday, December 19.

Our teenagers have dreamed big; however, we ask that you keep your gift to $40-$75.

The John L. Scott Westwood (WSB sponsor) office is in the Westwood Village breezeway, across from 24 Hour Fitness.

P.S. Got a “giving tree” or other community-giving drive too? Send us the info so we can include it in the Holiday Guide!

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday watch; weekend alerts

(SDOT MAP with travel times/ Is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE/ West Seattle-relevant traffic cams HERE)

6:59 AM: Good morning. So far, no alerts or incidents right now. One note:

LOW-BRIDGE INFO: You might have noticed the “open or closed?” Twitter feed hasn’t updated in a week-plus. SDOT says they’re working on it. (Meantime, we’ve switched the link above to the SOOT map, which has “bridges up/down” modes you can check.)

Two weekend alerts:

OVERNIGHT TONIGHT: The southbound Highway 99 tunnel will be closed 10 pm tonight until 8 am Saturday.

SATURDAY: Saturday, starting around 11 am,SW Alaska will be closed between California SW and 42nd SW for the West Seattle Junction Hometown Holidays Tree Lighting (6 pm) and Night Market (3-7 pm).