West Seattle, Washington
We have more information tonight about this Saturday’s Admiral Junction Funktion street party, which will close California SW just north of Admiral Way before, during, and after the noon-9 pm event. It’s a joint presentation of the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Admiral Business District, City of Seattle Office of Economic Development Neighborhood Economic Recovery Fund, and PCC Community Market – West Seattle (WSB sponsor). The free event is described as “Shopping, dining, drinking, beer gardens, and dancing to live music.” The revelry actually starts – unofficially – the night before, Friday, with a Pre-Funk Bar Crawl (here’s the participant list/schedule). Then on Saturday, you’ll find beer gardens at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW), Mission Cantina (2325 California SW), Arthur’s (2311 California SW), and Yen Wor Village (2300 California SW). And here’s the entertainment schedule:
12 pm Alina Ashley Nicole
1 pm Princess Pulpit
2 pm Yen Wor Karaoke
3 pm Otter on the Rocks
6 pm Surf the Pines
7 pm Queen Andrew Scott
8 pm Boogie Boyz
Hosts throughout the day will be Brent Amaker and VJ Lacefront. Then once the Admiral Funktion wraps up at 9 pm, it’s afterparty time:
-Admiral Pub ’70s funk/disco party with drag performances by Queen Andrew Scott. –
-Mission Cantina will feature live bands
-Benbow has 2 DJs Back to Back going on all night
-Yen Wor Karaoke Party
Thanks to Alex Garcia from Admiral Pub for the entertainment-lineup info. Alex says organizers intend to ensure this is an annual event,
Thanks to everyone who sent photos of tonight’s splashy sunset – hot pink on a not-so-hot night. The photo above is from David Delgado; the one below, from Ken Maier:
Though today’s high, 81, was only four degrees above normal, the next two days are expected to be notably warmer – then a big cooldown Friday.
This year’s list of finalists for the Washington State Book Awards is out, and we recognize two West Seattle authors on the list. Lyanda Lynn Haupt is a finalist in Creative Nonfiction for “Rooted: Life at the Crossroads of Science, Nature, and Spirit,” which the author described to us last year as “a book about interconnection, healing, and creating a life of reciprocity with all beings.” She is a two-time WSBA winner already. Also making the finalist list, Donna Sandstrom – founder of The Whale Trail – in the Books for Young Readers category, for “Orca Rescue: The True Story of an Orphaned Orca Named Springer” (illustrated by Sarah Burwash). See the full list of finalists in all the categories here; winners – one per category – will be announced September 13th.
West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) is saying goodbye to a longtime team member and inviting you to join them in sharing warm wishes for him – here’s the announcement:
It is with a mix of joy and sadness we are announcing that Tom, after over 30 years with us at West Seattle Thriftway, is retiring.
Tom graduated from West Seattle High School in 1983 and was hired here in 1989 after working several jobs around town, including the Kenney Home and the famous Charlestown Cafe. After settling into his role here, he knew this would be the place he retired from one day – AND HERE IT IS! Tom is our senior Courtesy Clerk and is responsible for keeping our store clean, bagging groceries, putting up with Steve razzing him, and so much more! He will be packing up and heading down south to spend his golden years in Palm Springs. Tom is loved by many here in town and we knew you’d like us to share this exciting news!
Join us in celebrating his retirement by signing a card for him through this week, and for a slice of cake the afternoon of September 1st, his last day.
For the third consecutive week, a two-day heat wave is in the forecast, and it’s generated a Heat Advisory alert from the National Weather Service. The alert is for noon tomorrow (Wednesday, August 24th) to midnight Thursday night; temperatures could get into the low 90s. Because of the hot weather, the two local branches of the Seattle Public Library that are not, or not fully, air-conditioned will change their hours: The Southwest (9010 35th SW) and West Seattle/Admiral (2306 42nd SW) branches will both open early tomorrow, at 10 am, and will both be closed Thursday.
Though Greg Spotts has yet to be confirmed as SDOT director, he starts work – initially as interim director – in a few weeks, and SDOT is already inviting people/organizations to request the opportunity to take him on a tour. (When Mayor Bruce Harrell introduced him last month, Spotts said he intended to start with a “listening tour,” and this is apparently the first step.) Spotts gave a short self-introductory speech to the City Council’s Transportation and Public Utilities Committee last week; you can see it here, 16 minutes into the meeting. If you want to be part of a tour, here’s how to send your request.
Remember the West Seattle Bridge reopening design contest won by Susie Perry‘s “Reunited”? Now you can get it on a T-shirt.
The commemorative T-shirt is available in short sleeves or long sleeves, with a short-sleeve kids’ option, in a variety of sizes. Order by this Friday so your shirt(s) can be available in the first batch that’ll be ready for pickup at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW) September 9th, 10th, 11th (11 am-2 pm). Organizers explain, “Proceeds from the shirt sales will go back into the West Seattle community, distributed by two local nonprofit organizations: the West Seattle Junction Association and the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce.” If you’re not ready to buy one now, they are expecting to order another batch in the third week of September and say other options such as a hoodie version might be available then, depending on how demand goes in the first wave. To order a T-shirt now, just go here.
Four and a half months after we first told you about West Wings – the new restaurant moving into the ex-Copper Coin space at 2329 California SW – the opening date is set. We stopped by today to check on the new restaurant’s status and learned they plan to open this Saturday (August 27th) during the Admiral Junction Funktion street party, noon-9 pm, with a “limited menu.” Then the first official day is Sunday, 11 am-9 pm. You can read more about West Wings, whose proprietors are West Seattle cousins Tony and Paul Barbano, here – wings with 15 sauce options (including “Alki Bonfire”), burgers, salads, more.
Thanks to Kersti Muul for the tip – transient killer whales are headed northbound, seen off the south end of Blake Island. Let us know if you see them!
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
BLOCK DROP DIY CLEANUP: Equipment is available until 6 pm today for your neighborhood cleanup – today’s Block Drop location is Roxhill Elementary (EC Hughes) (34th/Holden).
DONATE FOOD: Admiral Church‘s summer food drive is accepting donations again today, 11 am-1 pm (4320 SW Hill)
WADING POOL & SPRAYPARK OPEN: With another sunny, warm afternoon ahead, the Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) wading pool will be open noon-7 pm. Also, Highland Park Spraypark (1100 SW Cloverdale) is open 11 am-8 pm.
COLMAN POOL: The outdoor pool at Lincoln Park will be open to the public today as its 7-days-a-week schedule continues, noon-7 pm.
NO CITY COUNCIL MEETING: The council’s on summer break until after Labor Day.
DEMONSTRATION FOR BLACK LIVES: Longstanding weekly 4:30-6 pm sign-waving demonstration at 16th/Holden. Signs available if you don’t have your own.
STORYTIME IN THE GARDEN: Bring your little one(s) for a story followed by a garden activity, at the Delridge P-Patch, 6 pm (5078 25th SW).
SCRABBLE NIGHT: 6-10 pm, go play Scrabble at The Missing Piece (9456 35th SW).
OPEN MIC: Show your talent(s) at Otter on the Rocks (4210 SW Admiral Way), starting at 7 pm.
BELLE OF THE BALLS BINGO: Play bingo with Cookie Couture at The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW), 8 pm. Free, all ages!
See more on our calendar – and if you have something to add for the future, please email info to email@example.com – thank you!
On Monday we published an invitation for singers to join the Endolyne Children’s Choir. Today, an invitation for adult singers – from Northwest Associated Arts. Their choirs are based in Burien but seeking singers from surrounding areas, including West Seattle. Here’s the invitation:
Have you always wanted to sing with a group? Do you miss a time in your past when you were part of a vibrant community of singers? Now that many of the limitations placed on choral activities during the pandemic have lifted, Northwest Associated Arts is looking forward to a new season of in-person rehearsals and performances. Our choirs are growing, and we encourage new singers and singers who have sung with us in the past to come join one of our choirs.
ChoralSounds Northwest is a friendly, cohesive group of dedicated adult musicians who are drawn together by their love of singing. We are a Burien-based mixed community chorus under the baton of Artistic Director Dr. Ryan Ellis. Combining traditional choral music with the fun of other modern styles, ChoralSounds offers a musical home to area singers who want to experience the challenge, musicianship, and camaraderie of performing with a professional group.
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Paula Hawkins, SilverSounds Northwest is a mixed chorus of mostly-retired seniors who believe that “you are never too old to rock and roll!” Known for their clever, themed concerts, SilverSounds Northwest loves to entertain audiences with solos, small ensembles, narration, acting, dance, and choreography.
We will be holding ChoralSounds auditions for the 2022-2023 season primarily on September 6th, but may create some additional audition times. SilverSounds auditions can be arranged individually with us. We invite you to fill out this form if you are interested in joining either one of our choirs. We will follow up with you by email. Please visit the NWAA website for more information on the choirs and the audition process.
NWAA’s programs are supported in part by member dues, and financial aid is available to any singers who need assistance.
6:03 AM: Good morning! Welcome to Tuesday, August 23rd.
Mostly sunny again today, with the high around 80 (Monday’s high was 84, 7 degrees above normal).
FERRIES, BUSES, WATER TAXI
Ferries: WSF continues the 2-boat schedule for Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth. Check here for alerts/updates.
Metro buses are on their regular weekday schedules; watch @kcmetroalerts for trip cancellations/reroute alerts.
The West Seattle Water Taxi is on its regular schedule.
BRIDGES AND DETOUR ROUTES
884th morning without the West Seattle Bridge. 26 days until the day SDOT expects to reopen it – September 18th.
Low Bridge: Automated enforcement cameras remain in use until the high bridge reopens; 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.)
1st Avenue South Bridge:
South Park Bridge:
West Marginal Way at Highland Park Way:
The 5-way intersection (Spokane/West Marginal/Delridge/Chelan):
Trouble on the roads/paths/water? Please text or call us (when you can do so safely) – 206-293-6302.