West Seattle, Washington
Tonight wasn’t Caspar Babypants‘ first Easy Street Records show, but it was his first as a Grammy nominee. (Under that alias, anyway.) Even on a cold, drippy night, his trademark yellow T-shirt and bouncy tunes evoked sunshine and smiles:
Easy Street was wall-to-wall people. We edged into the loft to record a couple songs, including his classic “My Flea Has Dogs”:
And his rework of “Pop Goes the Weasel”:
Next month, he’ll find out if his album “Flying High” gets the Grammy for Best Children’s Album.
The Grammys will be announced January 26th. Not long after that, according to his website, Caspar B has a February 2nd show in West Seattle, a fundraiser for the South Seattle College Co-op Preschools‘ scholarship fund, at SSC’s Brockey Center.
Extra-big crowd at Menashe Family Lights (5605 Beach Drive SW) tonight because of the special guest – Santa Claus! He’s there until 10 pm for photos with the twinkling display as a backdrop. Bring nonperishable food for the West Seattle Food Bank, and look for the canopy out front.
P.S. If you can’t catch Santa there tonight, look for him at the Hometown Holidays Santa House on the south end of the West Seattle Farmers’ Market tomorrow, 11 am-2 pm, California/Alaska.
Tween/teenage girl(s) in the family? This is an invitation for them:
Troop 282 has a new and exciting opportunity for girls 11-17 years old! Female leaders with outdoor experience are forming a Scouts BSA girls’ unit and taking applications for membership. Come to our “Meet & Greet” at 7 pm on Wednesday, December 18th at West Side Presbyterian Church (3601 California Ave SW) to find out about this fantastic new Scouting program for girls.
Meet our Scoutmaster Juanita Beale along with other adult leaders who will mentor our young women and assist in building a strong program. Mrs. Beale has over thirty years of experience in the BSA program, is fully trained, and has five sons who all earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Risë Pyscher has backpacking and climbing experience and runs the wilderness first aid activities and trainings throughout the District.
Girls now have the same opportunity as boys to learn from the same program, earn the same merit badges, and achieve the same advancements, including Scouting’s highest rank, Eagle Scout. Our Troop will run a year-round program with opportunities for fun, adventure, learning, challenge, and responsibility, with the goal of building character, good citizens, and strong leaders.
Please join us to explore this great new opportunity for girls in our community!
The guitars in the photos were stolen from Jakob in a vehicle break-in early this morning:
Stolen guitars from (5600 block of) Delridge Way SW. Taylor Acoustic 814CE Jakob Singer written on the case. Tape holding in battery by jack. 2004 Les Paul Standard tobacco sunburst. No pick guard with warn finger marks by volume knob.
SPD incident # is 19-462306.
The photo is from Tiffany at Trees by the Sea, Alki’s only Christmas-tree lot (2530 Alki SW). Their announcement:
This is going to be our last weekend, so if there are repeat or new customers that were going to come down and get a tree from us, then this is the last weekend for it! We still have plenty of trees to choose from, from tabletop trees to 8-foot nobles. All of them cut in the past 10 days so they are all still fresh, great-looking trees. Hours are 10-8 Saturday and Sunday. We are also still offering free delivery within West Seattle through the weekend.
With one fewer option after tomorrow, that means this is your peak weekend for Christmas-tree shopping. Other options are listed in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide.
Missing a bicycle like that, or know someone who is? Wayne sent the photo, saying it turned up “next to our garbage cans at 47th and Lander.”
Along with the 35th/Alaska intersection closure and related detours, 2 more to mention: Construction at Fauntleroy/Edmunds is partly blocking the NB side; a texter says the 35th/Barton lights are out & an officer is there.
Hadn’t heard about this until Lisa texted this morning – thank you! Louisa Boren STEM K-8 is hosting a big regional robotics tournament all day. You’re welcome to stop by and watch the action in the school gym.
Special guest while we were there, the Seattle Police bomb-squad robot:
We’re told teams from as far away as Olympia are participating; finals are at 3:15 pm. Boren STEM K-8 is at 5950 Delridge Way SW.
Yes, there are people shopping in their jammies in The Junction – first-ever Pajamarama until noon! Businesses are in the spirit too – above, Emily at Lika Love Boutique; below, Paula and Sam at Fleurt:
You get free hot cocoa for visiting the filling station in the Windermere lobby, where we found Susan, Lora, and Kathleen from the Junction Association:
Spend $20 this morning, get a cool Hometown Holidays mug!
Welcome to Saturday! First –
TRAFFIC REMINDER: The 35th/Alaska intersection is closed for weekend work, but the closure has far-reaching effects – here’s our update from last night.
PAJAMARAMA: 9 am-noon in The Junction:
Shop in your jammies! This is your chance to shop in your pajamas! Get your cozy flannels on and come to the Junction for Pajamarama! At participating merchants receive a free limited edition diner mug w/ $20 purchase (you must be wearing your PJs). Or simply bring a mug with you. Either way, we’ll fill it with free hot cocoa (w/whipped cream and sprinkles) at the cocoa-filling station run by the Junction volunteers. So grab your friends, and have a fun morning shopping and brunching. Find the cocoa station cozied inside the Junction Windermere across from CAPERS. Your Junction merchants will also be wearing jammies!
(Cocoa’s at 4526 California SW)
6318 41ST SW SITE TOUR: Be at this future redevelopment site for an “early community outreach” site tour with the project team, 10 am. (6318 41st SW)
(added 10:53 am) ROBOTICS TOURNAMENT: Got late word of this one – VEX IQ Challenge regional robotics tournament under way in the gym at Louisa Boren STEM K-8, finals at 3:15 pm, public welcome. (5950 Delridge Way SW)
WOMEN’S SAFETY TRAINING: 10 am at the Southwest Precinct, free training session for women. (2300 SW Webster)
NATIVE HOLIDAY GIFT FAIR: Duwamish Longhouse Native Northwest Holiday Gift Fair continues today, 10 am-5 pm. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)
CHRISTMAS MARKET, 10 am-4 om, handmade gifts/crafts, baked goods, and food at Admiral Congregational Church. (4320 SW Hill)
GIFT IDEA TO BENEFIT VIETNAMESE CULTURAL CENTER: Visit the Vietnamese Cultural Center today during its regular open-to-the-public hours, noon-3 pm, and buy Brown Bear Car Wash tickets for $7. (2236 SW Orchard)
SANTA IN NORTH DELRIDGE: Find him at Ounces, 1-4 pm: “Bring the kids, dogs, & the whole family down to Ounces for free pics with Santa! And food from Cheesesteak Madness! And beer, of course!” (3809 Delridge Way SW)
SANTA IN WESTWOOD: Selfies with Santa at Westwood Village, 2-4 pm. (2600 SW Barton)
LOCUST CIDER HOLIDAY PARTY: At the location on Alki, 5-8 pm. “We will have holiday festivities, new flavors, and fun!” (2820 Alki SW)
LIGHT SHOW: Uehara-Bingen Christmas Lights Show starts tonight on Alki! 5:45 pm start.
We’ve been working hard to put together a fun show, and we would absolutely love to share it with you. The show is ~25 minutes long, and everyone will gather outside the front of our house, so be sure to dress warm! Please note that everyone’s going to have to head out shortly after the show. We’ll need to get the kids to bed!
(1736 Alki SW)
SANTA PHOTOS AT MENASHE FAMILY LIGHTS: West Seattle’s brightest Christmas lights are the backdrop for Santa photos at the Menashe Family Lights, 6-10 pm. Bring nonperishable food for the West Seattle Food Bank. (5605 Beach Drive SW)
NATALEE WOODS AUTHOR READING: 6 pm, local author reads from her first memoir, at Paper Boat Booksellers. (6040 California SW)
WEST SEATTLE SANTA PUB CRAWL: 6 pm – here’s the schedule:
Shadowland- 6 pm-7 pm
Beer Junction- 7 pm-8 pm
Corner Pocket- 8 pm-9 pm
The Lodge Sports Grille- 9 pm-10 pm
Poggie Tavern- 10 pm-11 pm
Talarico’s- 11 pm-12 am
Bring a small toy for Toys for Tots!
THE ESOTERICS: 8 pm concert at Holy Rosary. (42nd/Genesee)
JOE T COOK BLUES BAND: 8 pm CD release show at Poggie Tavern. 21+. (4717 California SW)
BLUEGRASS: 9 pm at Parliament Tavern, with DeadGrass & The Legendary Tiny Giants. $8 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)