West Seattle, Washington
They were making a list and checking it twice as honorary Santa helpers very early this morning – the Rotary Club of West Seattle and hundreds of volunteers, teaming up for the Rotary’s annual Children’s Shopping Spree.
It meant a very, very early start to the day for all involved, but smiles prevailed – here’s West Seattle Rotary president Dave Nichols:
The Rotarians and volunteers converge on Sears-Southcenter (the nearest one since the SODO closure five years ago) to await the arrival of kids from local schools chosen as this year’s recipients:
This year, five schools had students participating – Gatewood, Lafayette, Roxhill, and West Seattle Elementaries, and Pathfinder K-8.
The kids were accompanied by grownups to go shop for practical items like shoes.
But there’s always some fun too, and food:
This is one of the biggest projects every year for the West Seattle Rotary, which has been sponsoring the Children’s Shopping Spree for almost half a century!
Nowhere near freezing at tonight’s West Seattle Junction Hometown Holidays tree lighting, but it “snowed” anyway! That’s Junction Association executive director Lora Radford above with the proof. She got a shoutout tonight from Jack Menashe, founder of Menashe and Sons Jewelers (WSB sponsor), in his short speech before he and Santa Claus lit the tree:
He also expressed gratitude for the West Seattle community – with hundreds there to hear it. Here’s another angle, short version, just the lighting:
He was joined onstage not only by Santa, but also by wife Linda Menashe and some of their grandchildren:
Hometown Holidays festivities continue through Christmas Eve – tomorrow during the Farmers’ Market, it’s the Cocoa and Coat Drive – bring gently used coats and/or other warm-clothing items like scarves to the booth at the south end of the market, 10 am-2 pm Sunday.
Thanks to David Hutchinson for the photo. That’s what the Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship – aka Spirit of Seattle – looks like by day. He photographed it during its final West Seattle visit of the season, this afternoon at Don Armeni Boat Ramp. You can still catch it at other stops around Puget Sound and Lakes Union and Washington – here’s the schedule. Our reports on its previous 2019 West Seattle visits are here (November 29, Lowman Beach and Alki) and here (November 30, Salty’s on Alki [WSB sponsor]).
4:36 PM: If you’re not already here, c’mon down to the West Seattle Junction and wander SW Alaska east of California …it’s the Hometown Holidays Night Market until 7 pm (with the tree lighting at 6). 40 vendors, arranged in pockets in the street – food, drink, art, apparel:
Above right, a booth with bowties might be the most unusual one we’ve seen. Also look on the north side of the street for cocoa and children’s activities. We’ve seen Santa wandering, too. And onstage, live music:
Endolyne Children's Choir onstage in Junction Plaza Park pic.twitter.com/mD9sFhpM0k
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) December 8, 2019
The Not-Its are back this year, due up around 5:15 pm. More to come
5:29 PM: The sparkly Not-Its, rocking the park:
6:10 PM: The tree is lit! Separate report on that later. The Night Market continues until 7.
ADDED: More video from the musical performances – first, a few bouncy moments from The Not-Its, as they invited the grownups to join the kids in jumping to the beat – with a promise of prizes:
More to come ….
3:21 PM: SFD has a “full response” on the way to a building in the 1200 block of SW Holden. Updates to come.
3:24 PM: The call has just been downsized. We’re still en route to find out more.
3:36 PM: Firefighters at the scene tell us it was a kitchen fire. Out now, no major damage, no one hurt.
1:55 PM: Thanks for the tips. SFD is sending more units to what’s described as a “fire in the woods” south of High Point, in a sloped area west of Home Depot. According to the dispatch, it is believed to have started in an encampment; according to what firefighters on scene are reporting, the fire has burned a structure in that encampment but is under control.
2:07 PM: The fire is reported to be out. SFD revised the address (which is approximate in a situation like this) to the 7100 block of Sylvan Way.
2:21 PM: Avoid Sylvan Way for a while – a nearby resident says traffic is backed up because of the emergency vehicles. She also says she had heard from police that this camp was to be cleared soon. Another nearby resident said it had been repeatedly reported.
Wander into C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) today, you will also find one of the many community events for which the coffeehouse is renowned – the holiday-season Artt and Crafts Fair. Look closely as you browse; for example, Dianne‘s creations, above, include a quilt with proceeds going to an animal rescue. Other items you’ll find at tables around C & P’s biggest room include cards and jewelry.
The fair’s on until 2 pm.
C & P is at 5612 California SW.
8:59 AM: Volunteer helpers from Scouts to West Seattle Timebank members are with the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle until 11 am in the Alki Masonic Center, for the annual Pancake Breakfast! Pancakes, ham, beverages, $10 at the door, kids under 10 free – and it’s sit-down service. Santa photos, raffles, Toys for Tots too. Be part of a 70+-year West Seattle tradition (backstory here). More photos later!
ADDED 10:14 AM: Here’s a look at some of the people making this happen – above and below, the kitchen crew:
The Kiwanis Club works closely with local high schools’ Key Clubs. Here’s Kiwanian Shari Sewell with Azlin from the West Seattle High School Key Club:
That club is also selling handmade ornaments at today’s breakfast:
And if you bring a Toys for Tots donation … two Marines are here to receive them:
With Santa are Cpl. Kazimir Klossowski and Sgt. Thomas Ledesma. And here from the Timebank, Tamsen and Jacqueline:
The Masonic Center is at 40th/Edmunds.
COMMUNITY PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Santa photos for kids up to age 10 are part of the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle‘s annual pancake breakfast, 7-11 am at Alki Masonic Center. Tickets are $8 online in advance, $10 at the door, kids under 10 eat free with paid adult. Buy advance tickets here. **Bring new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots!!** (40th SW/SW Edmunds)
WHITE CENTER SUMMIT: Come talk about the community’s future at this year’s summit, presented by the White Center Community Development Association, 9 am-1:30 pm at Evergreen High School. (830 SW 116th)
MAKERS MARKET: Happening at Tibbetts UMC (WSB sponsor) 10 am-3 pm today, 11:30 am-1 pm Sunday, beautiful and unique selection of hand-sewn items, stocking stuffers, crafts, gift baskets, and baked goods available for sale. This year’s Makers Market includes artisans from the community! Sip a hot beverage and enjoy Christmas cookies while you shop. Proceeds benefit the West Seattle Helpline. (3940 41st SW)
LIGHT RAIL NEIGHBORHOOD FORUM: 10 am-noon at Delridge Community Center, you’re invited to get updated on where the West Seattle planning process stands, with a focus on the future Delridge station. (4501 Delridge Way SW)
SEOLA POND NEEDS YOU: 10 am-1 pm, help revive the pond by taking part in today’s planting party. (30th SW & SW 105th)
ARTISTS’ STUDIO TOUR: Three West Seattle artists are part of the Seattle Sampling open-studio tour, 10 am-5 pm. (Map and info here)
WINTER-THEMED STORY TIME: 11 am at Paper Boat Booksellers, local author Kerri Kokias reads from her picture book “Snow Sisters,” followed by games, activities, and crafts. (6040 California SW)
HOLIDAY BOOK FAIR: At Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 11 am – 2 pm and Sunday 10 am-2 pm, in the Social Hall. All used books this year and a huge selection so you’ll find the right book for everyone! Complimentary Hot Cider and Treats! (7141 California SW)
COMMUNITY WALK FOR NORTH DELRIDGE PROJECT: 11 am, meet for this city-led walk to talk about the Brandon/Findlay Trails/Wayfinding project, as previewed here. (26th/Brandon)
DRIVE-IN TOY DRIVE: Eazy Duz It Car Club is collecting new, unopened toys for the Salvation Army 11 am-4 pm at Boss Drive-In in South Delridge. Bring a donation! (9061 Delridge Way SW)
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: “Join Move2Center for our Joy-Full Holiday Open House from 2 pm until 5 pm! If you’ve ever walked by our “speakeasy” entrance and wondered what Move2Center is all about, this is a terrific opportunity to drop in and check us out. Everyone who swings by the open house will be able to take advantage of special discounted prices on class passes and other fantastic giveaways, including a FREE Nia class at 3 p.m. More information is available by clicking here.(37th/Alaska)
CHRISTMAS SHIP: After three nighttime stops last week, the Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship is back in West Seattle, after a South Park stop – both in the afternoon, with Emerald City Voices on board:
-Duwamish Waterway Park @ 2:00 pm (7900 10th Ave. S., South Park)
-Don Armeni Boat Ramp @ 3:05 pm (1220 Harbor SW)
NIGHT MARKET: 40 vendors expected, plus live music, during the Hometown Holidays Night Market, in the street, in The Junction, 3-7 pm. Santa will be there, too, starting around 4! (SW Alaska between California and 42nd)
LIGHT THE TREE: West Seattle Junction Hometown Holidays Tree Lighting at 6 pm, during the Night Market, at Junction Plaza Park. Live music starts at 4! (42nd SW/SW Alaska)
‘MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET’: Join Twelfth Night Productions this holiday season for “Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Radio Play.” Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 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)
AT PARLIAMENT TAVERN: 9 pm, Fundamental Forces, Ask the Ages, and Super Z Attack Force. $8 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)