West Seattle, Washington
Tonight is the first of eight nights of Hanukkah, the eight-night Jewish Festival of Lights. Two community celebrations are planned in West Seattle, both next Sunday (December 5th):
HANDS-ON HANUKKAH: Stroum Jewish Community Center will be at the West Seattle Farmers’ Market 10 am-2 pm Sunday to “celebrate the holiday with arts and crafts and tasty treats.”
DONATION DRIVE: Through the end of Hanukkah, Kol Haneshamah “is gathering warm hats, gloves, socks and scarves for our West Seattle neighbors in need. Please deliver new or gently used items to KHN at 6115 SW Hinds Street through December 5th.”
You can give the gift of play by donating to the Highland Park Elementary PTA‘s playground campaign, which ends this Friday (December 3rd). It’s the next step in a years-long effort to get the kids something beyond blacktop to play on. As of this week, they’re halfway to the goal, but that’s a long way to go to cover full costs. Here are ways to donate:
Fund a Playground Feature
You can make a donation to help us purchase different parts of the playground and outdoor learning garden.Your gift can fund:
Paint for kickball, 4-square or bike trail around the playground – $50
Dry cobble rain swale animal footprint or natural print OR classroom garden box – $100
Trees for learning garden – $250
Bench OR logs for seating – $750
Spinner toy OR mosaic tile project for students – $1,500
Climbing boulders – $2,500
Dry cobble rain swale OR artist payment for pavement or wall mural art – $10,000
Or you can donate any amount you can afford. Here’s the PayPal link. If you have questions about the project and/or donating, firstname.lastname@example.org is how to reach the PTA.
Help the first weekend of holiday-shopping season finish strong for local independent businesses! Fogue Gallery (4130 California SW; WSB sponsor) is one place you can do that. This afternoon, their three-day art sale is wrapping up. As Fogue proprietor Patti Curtis puts it, “Looking for a unique and thoughtful gift? Consider handmade, local gifts made with love from small- businesses. Bring joy to an artist and the lucky recipient.”
The sale has moved inside the gallery because of the soggy, breezy weather, but the festive atmosphere and wide selection carry on.
Fogue’s open until 5 pm today.
In our most-recent report on the advisory committee for West Seattle’s only tiny-house encampment, Camp Second Chance, we noted an unusual donation request: Christmas decorations. Those are among the items that are being collected in a holiday-season drive at Canna West Seattle (5440 California SW; WSB sponsor) and its Culture Shop across the street. From the announcement:
What types of items is C2C in need of? First and foremost, C2C residents have organized their own community supported, fun holiday event; a spirited contest for the best holiday door decorations for each of their tiny homes. Their contest for the “Best Holiday Door” will be held at the Tiny Home Village on December 20th, and prizes awarded to the winners.
Christmas decorations, so long as they are not perishable, can be dropped off at Canna West Seattle on California Avenue or at its sister store, The Culture Shop, which is located directly across the street. In addition to Christmas decorations, C2C is seeking the following items (camp operator LIHI’s donation guidelines included):
–Clothing Items, Towels, and Bedding: should be new or gently worn, nothing with stains or rips, and should be recently cleaned before donation. NO used underwear.
–Furniture: needs to be approved before donation, due to the size limitations within our Tiny Houses and apartment buildings, we will just need to confirm the dimensions of your items will actually fit within our spaces.
–Cleaning Supplies, and Hygiene Products: should be UNOPENED, and travel sized or relatively small, with a preference for gender neutral items so all folks feel comfortable.
–Books, Art Supplies, Household Items, Miscellaneous items: should be in good condition, gently used or new, and clearly labeled with its intended purpose (i.e. art supplies should be packaged or labeled as ‘art supplies’).
Also from the announcement, Canna owner and founder Maryam Mirnateghi explains, “There are so many different homeless programs that need community support and Camp 2nd Chance is one of those that not only needs West Seattle’s help, but also one that is making a real impact on the lives of the people it works with.” As we have reported in monthly status update, the camp at 9701 Myers Way S. is usually home to between 50 and 60 people and is supported by city funding, which is expected to cover an addition of 20 more tiny houses next year.
P.S. We’re adding this to the ongoing list of local giving opportunities in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide, where updates continue through New Year’s.
ST. NICHOLAS FAIRE: Online bidding continues today, with themed gift packages available – and dream getaways too – all raising money for the West Seattle Food Bank in this virtual version of First Lutheran Church of West Seattle‘s annual fundraiser fair – go here to browse and bid.
KIWANIS ONLINE AUCTION: Help the service club continue its work with local kids by bidding on items including local gift cards. Browse and bid by going here.
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Today’s fresh offerings will include Christmas trees!. Shop 10 am-2 pm on California between Oregon and Alaska. Scroll down the page at this link to find the vendor list and map for this week. (The market is a WSB sponsor.)
TOYS FOR TOTS: During the market, you can drop off new unwrapped toys at the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle booth (west side, near the north end). … Also collecting for Toys For Tots: C&P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), open 7 am-7 pm.
DUWAMISH LONGHOUSE NATIVE ART MARKET AND HOLIDAY GIFT FAIR: Final day for native artists and crafters selling their creations at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse (4705 W. Marginal Way SW), 10 am-5 pm. Note that you’re likely to park in the SPU lot across West Marginal Way; crossing guards will assist you in getting to the Longhouse. (Here’s our Day 1 coverage.)
OUTDOOR ART MARKET: Fogue Gallery (4130 California SW; WSB sponsor) is hosting a family-friendly outdoor pop-up outdoor art market, noon-5 pm – Art Under $100, Art Sale 20%-60% Off, Crafts, Gifts, Prints, Cards, Jewelry. Complimentary hot cider and cookies. Ornament decorating.
UKULELES: Live music at KeyBank Plaza in The Junction at 1 pm in support of the mentioned-above Kiwanis Toys for Tots Drive! (California/Alaska)
HANUKKAH BEGINS: At sundown, the first of eight nights of Hanukkah begins.
NEED FOOD? White Center Community Dinner Church serves a free meal (take-away available) at 5 pm Sundays at the Salvation Army Center (9050 16th SW).
SUNDAY NIGHT KARAOKE: 8 pm to 1 am at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW).
SUNDAY NIGHT JAZZ: Triangular Jazztet at The Alley (4509 California SW), 8 pm and 9 pm sets.
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Thanks to David Hutchinson for the photo of the Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship during its visit to Alki Beach on a rainy, breezy Saturday night, its third West Seattle stop in two days, and final one this season. It’ll be sailing to other locales through December 23rd.