West Seattle, Washington
Five and a half months after historic Highland Park Improvement Club was heavily damaged by fire, the club and community are in the process of re-envisioning its future. This included an online town hall two months ago (WSB coverage here), and now it’s time for another one, online Wednesday. Here’s the announcement:
The rebuild begins with a design – and we want your input!
So many talented people live in our neighborhood, including award-winning architect Matt Wittman, of Wittman Estes. He’s been a longtime HPIC supporter, and he and his firm are passionate about designing the rebuild. Wittman Estes has been unanimously selected by the Board to help us envision and create the space for our next hundred years.
Meet Matt virtually at our next Town Hall, where he will help us to gather input from the community about what the future of HPIC could be, from programs we offer to the space we hold them in.
Wednesday, December 15 – 7 pm
Zoom link at hpic1919.org
Matt and his wife and partner in the firm, Landscape Architect Jody Estes, have lived in Highland Park for years, attending family Movie Nights way back when, and many Corner Bars too. Wittman Estes has been honored with numerous awards, including the national award-winning Tsuga Townhomes on Highland Park Way. In acknowledgement and support of HPIC’s volunteer spirit and our community, Matt and Jody, principals of the firm, have pledged to contribute a generous amount of their time pro-bono.
Matt and his team are helping us to develop an online survey to gather input from you regarding the re-visioning of the building – we will send out the survey before Town Hall #2.
That link is available now from the HPIC home page.
As always, we will start each day this weekend with a list of what’s happening. But tonight we’re pulling out a few holiday highlights for an extra mention:
JOIN A HOLIDAY SCAVENGER HUNT: Final weekend for this scavenger hunt. Organizer Alice Kuder says 23 teams are participating – almost double last year – and it’s not too late to jump in for the final weekend. Here’s another team selfie:
The Winter Wander website explains how to play.
SHOP THE FIRST-EVER HOLIDAY MARKET @ HERON’S NEST: If you haven’t been to The Heron’s Nest – just uphill, and yet a world away, from West Marginal Way – Saturday’s first-ever holiday market, 10 am-6 pm, is a perfect opportunity. Details are in our calendar listing. $1 entry fee. (4815 15th SW)
TAKE YOUR PIC WITH SANTA: Multiple chances this weekend – My Three Little Birds (4736 California SW) will host Santa 11 am-2 pm Saturday; he’s scheduled to visit the Menashe Family Lights (5605 Beach Drive SW) 6 pm-10 pm Saturday (bring a nonperishable-food donation); and you’ll find him at Tram’s Salon (4110 California SW) on Sunday, 11 am-2 pm
HIGHLAND PARK PTA’S COMMUNITY HOLIDAY PARTY: All are welcome to celebrate the season at Drunky Two Shoes (9655 16th SW, White Center) with the Highland Park Elementary PTA on Sunday, noon-4 pm. Santa photos, free cocoa bar for kids, drink specials for grownups, HPEPTA gets part of the proceeds.
SEE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS ON THE RUN: Finish the weekend with an invigorating and cheery tradition, the annual West Seattle Christmas Lights Run, 4:30 pm from West Seattle Runner (2743 California SW; WSB sponsor) – info here.
Check out our Holiday Guide for much more, this weekend and beyond – and let us know if you have something special going on and we don’t have it listed yet – email@example.com – thank you!
The report and photo are from Stephanie:
There has been a bike on the parking strip on SW Willow Street between 35th and 34th Ave SW since yesterday morning.
Tonight’s photo is from Valerie, who tells us about her display: “The inspiration this year was a ski lodge in the woods and the animals that live there. Please visit 3431 48th Ave SW [map] and enjoy a walk through a Woodland Wonderland.” We’re adding it to the list in our West Seattle Holiday Guide; you can also see all the featured displays archived here (newest to oldest). And if you have one to suggest – yours or someone else’s, with or without photo(s) – firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
Though West Seattle recently lost a brunch place when Café Mia closed, if you’re looking for weekend brunch, you have a new option right around the corner. Seattle Fish Company has announced that it’s now serving brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, 9 am-noon. “The menu includes Classic Eggs Benedict, Crab Cake Eggs Benedict, French Toast, Shrimp and Grits, Avocado Toast, Mimosas, and more!” says Sacha at Seattle Fish Company, which is at 4435 California SW.
Thanks to everyone who mentioned this (including Leigh, who sent the photo): The new West Marginal Way SW signal near the Duwamish Longhouse has been fixed, after hours of flashing red. SDOT spokesperson Ethan Bergerson tells WSB, “The signal was repaired around 2 pm. A crew member replaced the controller, which appeared to be malfunctioning. We’ll bring the old controller to the repair shop to diagnose what the root cause of the problem was.” The signal was activated earlier this week. (P.S. If you encounter a malfunctioning signal or other road/path-related problem, 206-684-ROAD is the number to call – when you can do so safely.)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Tired of getting just toplines about the West Seattle Bridge “final repairs” that are getting under way now?
The project manager from repair contractor Kraemer North America presented a detailed briefing during this month’s West Seattle Bridge Community Task Force meeting Thursday evening – the video recording should open below to the start (55 minutes into the meeting):
The key points and images from his presentation top our report:
CONTRACTOR PRESENTATION: Adam Dour, Kraemer’s project manager for the West Seattle Bridge Corridor projects, spoke – he said he was also involved with the rehab work last year, First, he described his company as a “bridge contractor – our specialty is bridges – we’ve been doing this for 110 years.” They’ve worked with state and local agencies around the region and country. He presented an overview of both the high and low bridges
For the high bridge, the green line on the top graphic is the pst-tensioning, and the blue and purple (interior) highlighting shows the epoxy injection and carbon-fiber polymer wrapping.
Other improvements – the project includes bridge deck overlay on the west end (Fauntleroy), removal and replacement of existing expansion joints, while some will be rehabilitated – “Bridge 131EA” will get some wrapping too near SR 99. “Not shown but equally important,” as Dour described it, the replacement of 4,000 feet of jersey barriers and 10 overhead sign structures.
(Photo courtesy By and By)
Since we first reported in September on the plan for a skate shop in the ex-Verizon space on the Senior Center of West Seattle‘s ground floor, the name’s been chosen – By and By – and today we have word it’s about to open. Here’s the update from proprietor Tony Croghan, who also owns 35th North on Capitol Hill:
We have been in a mad rush to get the new shop open in order to try and catch some holiday shopping. As I am sure you are aware, getting inventory has been a bit of a challenge in retail but we think we got enough to open up the doors!
(Photo from By and By – some of the local-flavor merch)
We are opening this Saturday 12/11 at 11 am. We have art showing from well-known local artist and designer Sasha Barr. Our hours will be Tuesdays-Saturdays 11 am-7 pm, Sundays 10 am-4 pm, closed on Mondays.
The only thing missing is roller skates, looks like we will not be stocking those until the spring, unfortunately.
We look forward to being a part of the greater West Seattle neighborhood.
The shop’s address is 4502 California SW.
(Lincoln Park photo sent by James)
SCAVENGER HUNT: Alice Kuder presents the “Winter Wander” scavenger hunt, continuing through this weekend – still time to start playing! Details here.
DJ NIGHT: 6-10 pm at The Spot West Seattle (2920 SW Avalon Way).
‘IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE’: Opening night for Twelfth Night Productions‘ holiday-season production:
Twelfth Night Productions is excited to announce the return of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Show with an original short by John Ruoff, The Case of the Missing Snowman. Both are playing together at Kenyon Hall.
Based on the classic 1946 Frank Capra film, playwright Joe Landry’s take on “It’s a Wonderful Life,” comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast as the ensemble of characters bring the town of Bedford Falls to the stage. You will feel the magic as we return to the fateful Christmas Eve when George Bailey contemplates ending his life before he realizes the difference he makes in the lives of others. “No man is a failure who has friends.”
The live radio show will be performed at historic Kenyon Hall, one of West Seattle’s favorite venues, December 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 7:30 PM and December 12 and 19 at 3 PM. Tickets are available online at twelfthnightproductions.org or at Kenyon Hall, 7904 35th Ave. SW, starting an hour before the show on performance days. Prices are $20 for adults and $18 for students & seniors.
(7904 35th SW)
LIVE MUSIC #1: The Adarna at The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW), doors at 7, music at 8.
LIVE MUSIC #2: ’80s night at Poggie Tavern (4717 California SW) in The Junction, 8 pm.
(added) MORE DJ’ING: DJ RC is at Alki Beach Pub (2722 Alki Avenue SW), 9 pm till close.
Are we missing anything? 206-293-6302 text/voice if it’s urgent, email@example.com for something in the days/weeks ahead – thank you!
Just a few days until registration opens for classes and programs at city-run community centers in West Seattle (and citywide). Here’s one set of classes Seattle Parks wants you to know about:
Get into shape and meet new friends! Seattle Parks and Recreation is offering in-person fitness classes at local community centers this winter, including its Lifelong Recreation for Adults 50+.
Here are several winter offerings; each class title is linked to a page with online registration and more information. Classes begin Jan- Registration opens December 14 at Noon. Register here or call 206-684-5177.
AND MORE! See full winter brochure.
Scholarships are available if you need help with the fees.
6:04 AM Good morning!
WEEKEND ROAD WORK
*The Highway 99 tunnel will be closed overnight tonight both ways for maintenance.
BUSES, WATER TAXI, FERRIES
Metro is on its regular weekday schedule. Watch @kcmetrobus for word of trip cancellations.
BRIDGES AND DETOUR ROUTES
627th morning without the West Seattle Bridge. Here are views of other bridges and routes:
Low Bridge: Automated enforcement cameras remain in use; restrictions are in effect 5 am-9 pm daily – except weekends; the bridge is open to all until 8 am Saturday and Sunday mornings. (Access applications are available here for some categories of drivers.)
The 1st Avenue South Bridge (map):
South Park Bridge:
West Marginal Way at Highland Park Way:
Highland Park Way/Holden:
The 5-way intersection (Spokane/West Marginal/Delridge/Chelan):
Trouble on the streets/paths/bridges/water? Please let us know – text (but not if you’re driving!) 206-293-6302.