West Seattle, Washington
Take a Taste Tour of West Seattle’s Restaurants, Cafés, Breweries, and Wineries! September 20-26
The Taste has always been about bringing neighbors together over delicious food, promoting our local restaurants, and ultimately supporting and strengthening our community. While the event format has to change again this year, these values remain. Now, more than ever, we see the importance of coming together to support our local restaurants and helping our community. In order to ensure the health and safety of our neighbors, we are adapting the Taste of West Seattle from a 500-person event gathering, to a “restaurant week”-style event for the second year. We hope to return to our in-person event format in 2022.
From Monday, September 20th to Sunday, September 26th, neighbors can dine in or get take-out and enjoy delicious meals and drinks from participating West Seattle restaurants, all while knowing their money is supporting both restaurants and the West Seattle Food Bank’s mission to end hunger and homelessness. When you support local restaurants, they will donate a percentage of proceeds to West Seattle Food Bank.
All participating restaurants will be listed on a restaurant “passport”. The more stamps participants receive on their West Seattle restaurant tour; the more times they are entered into the drawing. Each stamp = 1 drawing entry. We will select 3 winners for a $100 gift card to a West Seattle Restaurant and 2 winners for a $100 Whole Foods Gift Card.
The event website will be updated soon with a list of participating restaurants – for now, save the dates! (Community co-sponsors for The Taste include WSB.)
Just keeping you updated on where catalytic-converter thieves are hitting – here’s the most-recent reader report we’ve received. From Kevin:
I live in a home around 60th and Admiral, Alki neighborhood. My Lexus SUV catalytic converter was stolen between 11:30 am and 5:30 pm (broad daylight) on Friday 9/4/21. It has been reported to police and insurance. Writing this so others keep a vigilant eye out for your neighbors or think about securing your catalytic converter.
Case # 2021-915725.
Photo of damage attached:
4:05 PM: Created Commons continues through Sunday at Westcrest Park (9000 8th SW) and right now the performances are celebrating Pacific Islander culture – Hawaii, Samoa, and now Okinawa. It’s all free, outdoors, just north of the P-patch, until about 8 pm. (Here’s the schedule.) Video and photos later!
6:48 PM: We were there for two performances – first, Ala Talo from the Asia Pacific Cultural Center introduced a trio of dancers who she said had not performed onstage before today.
They were a late substitution for a Hawaiian dance group originally scheduled for this afternoon.
The dancers’ previous collaboration: Playing on the volleyball team Pakka Hittaz. Like some other performances we covered in the past week-plus at Created Commons, this one featured audience participation. Talo talked about the mood conferred by the music, particularly a song she attributed to a 12-year-old Marshallese boy, with the lyrics: “Smile and be happy/don’t let nobody take the smile away/Live life to the fullest/As if you’re dying every day.”
Following the dancers, the duo of Mako and Noriko performed Okinawan music, with vocals, the stringed instrument sanshin, and a traditional drum.
Some of the music was hypnotic and lulling; other songs, festive and upbeat. Mako explained her instrument between songs – covered in python skin, with a pick made from a water-buffalo horn.
The afternoon was hosted by R2ISE‘s Alexia Jones and curated by the Jack Straw Cultural Center, which also presented poets and writers; Jack Straw writers are also on the schedule for tomorrow, the final day of Created Commons, a grant-funded festival of art and science that began Friday, August 27th, spotlighting BIPOC artists and speakers, produced by Lelavision. Our coverage of night 1 is here; the second day, here; third day, here; fourth night, here.
P.S. Sunday begins, as did today, with a free 10 am wellness class – this time, K-Pop Zumba!
That sign is one of the reasons why what’s happening at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse in West Seattle through Monday is the Labor Day Acknowledgment Art Market – you’re offered not only a chance to shop Indigenous art and craft items, but also to learn about and support the tribe’s ongoing fight for federal recognition (acknowledgment). Yard signs, brochures, and other information about supporting the tribe are all under the canopy by the entrance. Inside, new T-shirts have arrived at the gift shop:
(If you can’t read it, beneath Seattle it says “Occupied Duwamish Territory.”) Beyond the gift shop and Cultural Center displays inside the longhouse, you can shop the Native Art Market:
Vendors include Singing Pots and Love Warrior Medicinals:
And Native Knits:
There’s plenty of parking (and if you park across the street, there are crossing guards to stop traffic) – here’s a map. The market continues until 5 pm today, and again 10 am-5 pm Sunday and Monday, at 4705 W. Marginal Way SW.
Missing your mailbox?
A texter sent that photo of mailboxes discovered dumped along the 45th SW/Marine View Drive stairway this morning.
West Seattle’s Scout Troop 282 is continuing weekly meetings after a summer to remember. The report and photos are from Jay Brock:
School’s back and Troop 282 had another successful and exciting summer. Between Troop 282 and Crew 282 the 2021 summer was awesome. The Troop continued meeting outside at Lincoln Park on Tuesdays throughout the summer. They trained in the areas of dining fly setup, rope fusing & whipping, Dutch oven cooking, hypothermia, and many other hiking & camping skills. The scouts used the skills learned for a terrific summer camp at Chief Seattle Council’s Camp Parsons. They also completed a 5-day, 4 night backpacking trip for new scouts in the Alpine Lakes area between North Bend and Snoqualmie Pass. The last hoorahs for the summer were a swimming and water-sports day at Seward Park and fun at Wild Waves Theme Park.
Crew 282 completed a long-awaited trek to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. The high adventure crew comprised of more than 15 scouts (14 and older) split into three treks at Philmont covered between 60 and 120 miles, depending on the crew, hiking over a 12-day period. All three groups summited Mt. Baldy at more than 12,400 feet and had adventures that included archaeology, blacksmithing, gold mining & panning, shotgun shooting, wildlife conservation, and others. The crews were completely self-sufficient carrying and cooking their own meals, orienting their way through the more than 140,000 acres of rugged terrain, and completing a conservation project. The trek had originally been planned for 2018 but was moved to 2020 due to a devastating fire and then got pushed to 2021 because of COVID-19.
Troop 282 will be continuing their meetings on Tuesdays at 7:30 at Lincoln Park or Westside Presbyterian Church please check our troop calendar for details http://troop282.net/calendar/. All are welcome as Troop 282 has boys’ and girls’ troops. COVID-19 guidelines are followed, so please bring a mask. Our fall adventures include a rafting trip, at least one campout a month, and day/snowshoe hikes when the snow arrives.
Welcome to Labor Day weekend! Here’s what you need to know about today/tonight:
TRAFFIC ALERTS: Work continues at the Highland Park Way/West Marginal intersection through early afternoon … Electrical crews will be doing some work on the Delridge Way project today.
HIGHLAND PARK CORNER STORE: As previewed here, today is the first day of the store’s operation as a real corner store (7789 Highland Park Way SW), 7 am-8 pm, and they’re celebrating with special festivities and pop-ups all weekend, including tamales 11 am-2 pm today.
DELRIDGE GROCERY CO-OP: Open 9:30 am-1:30 pm, 5444 Delridge Way SW, featuring the Freezer Fest Sale and Member-Owner Discount Day (explained here).
LONGHOUSE’S LABOR DAY ART MARKET: 10 am-5 pm at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse and Cultural Center (4705 W. Marginal Way SW), not only can you support Indigenous artists and crafters, you can also learn about tribal sovereignty and the Duwamish’s fight for federal recognition.
ALKI BEACH CLEANUP: 10 am-1 pm, join Jessica in a community cleanup at Alki. Our preview has details on where to meet and what to bring.
CREATED COMMONS, FREE MORNING YOGA: 10 am at Westcrest Park (9000 8th SW, north of the P-Patch), the day begins with a free yoga and meditation session, all welcome.
LIVE MUSIC: Marco de Carvalho and friends, 10:30 am-noon at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW, WSB sponsor).
LAST SATURDAY FOR OUTDOOR AQUATICS: Monday is the last day for the city’s outdoor aquatics this summer – today, provided the sunny70s forecast holds into the morning, both Delridge (4501 Delridge Way SW, noon-5:30 pm) and Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW, noon-7 pm) wading pools will be open. Whatever the weather, Highland Park spraypark (1100 SW Cloverdale, 11 am-8 pm) and Colman Pool(at Lincoln Park, noon-7 pm) will be open.
VISCON CELLARS: Tasting room at Viscon Cellars (5910 California SW; WSB sponsor) is open 1-6 pm – buy wine by the bottle or sit down and enjoy a glass.
CREATED COMMONS, AFTERNOON/EVENING PERFORMANCES: Starting with 2 pm poetry and 3 pm dance, the second-to-last day of Created Commons at Westcrest Park is again full of performances, all free, continuing through 8 pm. Here’s the schedule.
OPEN MIC: 6 pm at The Spot West Seattle (2920 SW Avalon Way), come share your talent!
MORE LIVE MUSIC: 7:30 pm at The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW), Joe Hellmore performs rock/pop.
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