West Seattle, Washington
For your Christmas Eve viewing/listening – a video that Bells of the Sound invited us to share with you. The group rehearses at Tibbetts United Methodist Church in West Seattle, and performed on the peninsula many times pre-pandemic. Here’s their message:
Merry Christmas from Bells of the Sound. We took advantage of a concert-less pandemic season to make this feature video to share. This jazzy, off-kilter arrangement of “We Three Kings” has been a longtime favorite of ours. We hope you enjoy the grooving bass, right rhythm section, and sauntering melody!
Cameras: Sean MacLean & Nikhil Sarma | Editing: Nikhil Sarma | Audio: Matt Ogaz
Three King Swing – composed by John Henry Hopkins and arranged for handbells by Sondra Tucker. Streaming rights provided by the copyright holder, Laurendale Associates.
Bells of the Sound is proud to receive support from the 4Culture / King County Lodging Tax Fund.
Tonight’s featured Christmas lights represent another approach to holiday lighting … projection. Thanks to Devin Liddell for the photos of their display at 4028 40th SW [map], between Dakota and Andover.
A Merry Christmas Eve to all! Scroll through all the displays featured here since November 30th (and previous years) by going here; we’re still welcoming tips/photos at email@example.com.
Kevin hopes to reunite this bicycle with its owner:
Found bike for a rider approximately 5’6” to 5’10” with the seatpost set for someone approximately 5’8”. Found Christmas Eve in the Gatewood neighborhood near 35th Avenue Southwest. Produce the key and unlock the padlock, describe the make, model and type of handlebars, brakes, and gear shifters and serial number to prove ownership.
If you think it’s yours, email us – firstname.lastname@example.org – and we’ll connect you.
After days of talk about extremely cold weather on the way, the National Weather Service has issued the first official alert about it: A Winter Weather Advisory, in effect 4 am Saturday through 4 pm Sunday. The advisory is as wide-ranging as the forecasts have been, saying: “Snow will most likely develop in showers and bands, leading to highly variable snow accumulations. The best timing for heavier snow is Saturday night into Sunday.” The forecast for this evening, meantime, says you might see a few flakes, but insists, “no snow accumulation.” (If and when you see snow, let us know where – text 206-293-6302 – thank you!) P.S. Here’s the newest safety info from the city. No official city-supported shelters in our idea, but if you can help with the emergency shelter at West Seattle’s American Legion Post 160, here’s how.
Thanks to Stewart L. for excellent photos of an offshore sight often mistaken for an orca – “sailing” sea lion(s). He photographed these earlier this week, “relaxing in style along the fence line just north of Don Armeni mid-morning. Very close to the shore because of the super high tide, which makes getting photos easier.”
We’ve featured this before, but seldom with this close of a view. As explained by David Hutchinson of Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network in this WSB report from 2019, sea lions raise their flippers to regulate their body temperature.
But if you do think you’re seeing wildlife in distress, not something normal like this, SSMSN is at 206-905-SEAL
Thanks to Tom Trulin for the photo – another big tree down in Lincoln Park. Rain and wind kicked up for a while overnight. The weather’s not expected to get too dramatic for the rest of today or even tomorrow – still no alerts/advisories for our area. The National Weather Service‘s “forecawt discussion” should be updated again in a few hours, but in the meantime, it’s not projecting the temperature drop to start before Sunday, and the prospect of serious snow remains iffy.
P.S. If you encounter fallen trees or any other Seattle Parks maintenance problem, the after-hours number is 206-684-7250.
This is it – if you still have gifts to buy, not much time left! But many local independent retailers are open for your last-minute shopping. Our list of what’s up on this Christmas Eve starts with hours for at stores for which we have info:
THUNDER ROAD GUITARS: 10 am-1 pm are the hours today for Thunder Road Guitars (6400 California SW; WSB sponsor). Even if you’re not buying someone a guitar – how about merch? (Closed for post-holiday break after today, until January 4th.)
CLICK! DESIGN THAT FITS (4540 California SW; WSB sponsor): Open 10 am-5 pm.
EMERALD WATER ANGLERS (4502 42nd SW; WSB sponsor): Open until 4 pm. “Got an ugly Christmas Sweater? Wear it to the shop before close and spend $50 and you will be entered in a raffle for a 1/2 day walk-and-wade trip on the Sound!”
AVALON GLASSWORKS (2914 SW Avalon Way): Open 11 am-2 pm.
TAILS TO ASTONISH (4850 California SW): Open 11 am-6:30 pm.
FLEURT (4536 California SW): Open 10 am-4 pm.
BIN 41 (4707 California SW): Open 10 am-3 pm.
EASY STREET RECORDS (California/Alaska): Open 9 am-5 pm.
YOUNGSTOWN/HEARTBEET HOLIDAY SHOP (6032 California SW): “Holiday shop featuring local BIPOC, LGBTQ, and female creators and artists at Youngstown Coffee and HeartBeet Cafe’s seating space.” Open 9 am-3 pm today.
(added) MYSTERY MADE (4312 SW Oregon): Open until 3 pm today.
(added) CURIOUS KIDSTUFF (4740 California SW): Open until 3:30 today.
Someplace to add that’s open today? Text us ASAP – 206-293-6302! Here’s what else you should know today:
GROCERY STORES CLOSING EARLY: Here’s our list of those times, plus tomorrow’s plans.
RESTAURANTS/BARS OPEN TODAY/TONIGHT: Here’s our list with that info (and who’s open tomorrow).
CHURCH SERVICES TONIGHT: Seven local churches sent their info – they’re listed in our <strong>Holiday Guide.
USPS MAIL: Mail will be delivered today, but not tomorrow. If you’re planning to mail something from a blue USPS box today, do it before noon, because they’re planning early pickups. More info here.
Additions/changes? Text 206-293-6302 – thank you and Merry Christmas Eve!
The photo is from Mel, dropping off homemade cookies Thursday for The Christmas People, who are including the cookies in holiday meals for people in need. Today’s your last chance to contribute some too – take the cookies to West Seattle Coworking (6040 California SW) between 9 am and 3 pm. (Last year they received more than 7,000 cookies!)
6:18 AM Good morning! We hope you’re off today, but in case you’re not and have to head out, here’s the daily info:
The Christmas Eve forecast is for clouds, high in the 40s, a chance of rain, especially tonight, mixed with snow very late.
BUSES, WATER TAXI, FERRIES, LIGHT RAIL
BRIDGES AND DETOUR ROUTES
640th 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 – today is treated as a regular Friday. (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.
2:26 AM: We have an outage report from Belvidere, shortly after flickering here in Upper Fauntleroy, and a flicker report from Genesee Hill. Anyone else out?
2:28 AM: The outage is now on the Seattle City Light map – more than 3,200 customers. Second early-early-morning outage this week, but a different part of the peninsula – this time mostly the northeast section.
2:42 AM: No cause yet from SCL but we can say that as was the case with this week’s first big outage, this one was preceded by a burst of loud weather.
3:31 AM: Second hour. No word of any restoration yet (the outage two mornings ago ended for some after an hour, others after two).
4:13 AM: Down to 3,009 out now.
6:11 AM: Some came back on around 5:20, and the rest around 6 – outage now over. Still no word on the cause.