West Seattle, Washington
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
The West Seattle Transportation Coalition‘s first meeting of the year included two guests – one expected, one not. We start with the latter:
T-5 ‘QUIET ZONE’ & OTHER RAILROAD-RELATED ISSUES: The surprise guest was West Seattle residient Megan McIntyre from BNSF. She covers 11 states.
Next: More details on the Terminal 5 “quiet zone.”
I Found a decent-looking mountain bike, single speed, today on the corner of Hinds and 42nd Ave SW. It looks to be stripped of the gear crank, brake cables, and seat.
If you are missing your bike, please contact WSB and I can get it back to you.
Our contact info is here.
The post-holidays stretch of winter tends to be a little light on big events, but one is now just under four weeks away: The Seattle Polar Plunge at Alki, with an all-day beer and food-truck festival, happening Saturday, February 22nd, benefiting Special Olympics of Washington. The Plunge is at 1 pm; the beer tent and food trucks open at 11 am. You can sign up to plunge alone or as part of a team – all the info, and the registration link, can be found here. Beer and food are separate, but you can get advance tickets for the beer festival at a discount by going here.
A surprise show at California/Alaska a little more than an hour ago – that’s Filthy FemCorps, the band with the self-description “a hot bag full of fierce women who aren’t afraid to be weird, genuine, raw, sweaty, confident, honest, loving, and real.” They pop up now and then, here and there – same spot 10 months ago, in fact – but you can also catch them at pre-announced events, like the annual street-band celebration HONK! Fest West.
3:40 PM: A reader in Gatewood reports a water outage and says SPU is working on a break in Morgan Junction – might not be fixed until mid-evening.
5:02 PM: Photo added – the crew is working on California SW south of Fauntleroy.
School-enrollment season continues, and we have multiple events listed in our West Seattle Event Calendar. This week’s events include these two evening open houses:
TILDEN SCHOOL: This independent K-5 school on the north edge of The Junction, a WSB sponsor, welcomes you 6:30-8 pm Monday (January 27th): “We invite interested families to our first open house of the school year; tour the classrooms, and chat with the teachers and specialists who make Tilden extraordinary.” Tilden is at 4105 California SW, the corner of Dakota, “located in (but not affiliated with) the First Lutheran Church of West Seattle – their back door is our front door! Enter on west side of building, across from the south end of the parking lot.”
DENNY INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE SCHOOL: Prospective new families are invited to visit the school this Thursday night (January 30th), starting at 6:30 pm: “Following the presentation, guests will have the opportunity to meet teachers and staff.” Denny is at 2601 SW Kenyon.
OTHER OPEN HOUSES/TOURS: The items above are from schools that sent us their listings; our calendar also includes the Seattle Public Schools list of elementary/K-8 open houses and tours, with more happening this week.
From Seattle Parks‘ Lifelong Recreation program:
If you are an adult aged 50+ in West Seattle, Lifelong Recreation (Seattle Parks and Recreation’s senior program) has some great programs coming up! Scholarships are available for all programs.
New class looking for more participants like you! Relaxation Meditation
Explore a personal journey of relaxation and stress relief using easy and effortless meditation techniques. Each week you be guided to step into the gift of silent awareness and walk out feeling a little lighter! Classes run on Tuesdays, 10-11 am, through March 17. $50 for the series.
Join us on a pleasant and informative trip to our state capitol in Olympia. Receive a guided tour of the Legislative Building beginning at noon, then enjoy free time to explore the inviting, spacious grounds. Thursday, January 30 from 9:30 am-3:30 pm, $31 (online registration ended, but call to check for spots)
Join us to see works of great new art! Fowler’s large-scale sculptural assemblages (using found materials) are showcased around the world and are infused with personal meaning that call attention to a range of complex concerns, issues, and ideas- American history, identity issues and black experiences. Pick-ups from Hiawatha and High Point Community Centers, lunch fee on your own. Thursday, February 6 from 10 am-2:30 pm, $11
Love theater but hate driving and parking downtown? Join us in for a matinee performance of of this potent, witty drama which is a recent Broadway hit and has been nominated for a Tony Award. Thursday, February 27 from 9:15 am-3:15 pm, $25
We also have several other great classes, such as Zumba, yoga, Tai Chi, book clubs, walking groups, pickleball, and so much more! For more info, browse our brochure, or the online catalog. For more information about programs or scholarships in West Seattle, please contact Masha at 206-256-5403 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy Sunday! Highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
OPEN HOUSE: Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic School (WSB sponsor) welcomes prospective families. (3401 SW Myrtle)
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, see what’s fresh at the market in the street in the heart of The Junction. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)
STORYTELLING FESTIVAL: Up for a ferry ride? 1 pm at Vashon Theater, the 13th annual Storytelling Festival presented by the Vashon Wilderness Program. More info in our calendar listing. (17723 Vashon Highway)
SEAFOOD FEST: 5-8 pm at Alki Masonic Center in The Junction, a seafood feast to raise money for scholarships. Check first to see if there’s still room – contact info is in our calendar listing. (4736 40th SW)
THERE’S MORE ... browse the full the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar.