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FYI: You can set out some extra yard waste at no extra cost this month

(WSB file photo)

Planning to go outside this no-rain-expected weekend and clear away some leaves (or catch up on other yard work)? Here’s the annual reminder – November is “free extra yard waste” month for city curbside-pickup customers. Each collection day through the end of the month, Seattle Public Utilities says, you can set out up to 10 extra bags/containers of yard waste.

BIZNOTE: Grand opening Saturday for Bali’s Himalayan Chai and Salt Snacks Counter

You’re invited to a grand opening tomorrow (Saturday, November 12th) in The Junction! Here’s the announcement we received tonight:

Bali’s Himalayan Chai & Salt Snacks Counter is having its grand opening from 10 am to 2 pm tomorrow, Saturday November 12!

Bali’s Himalayan Snacks Counter is hosted inside Puerto Vallarta Mexican restaurant, thanks to owner Eduardo Morales. We’re in Alaska Junction, 4727 California Avenue.

There will be free tastings of Bali’s Pink and Masala Chais and his delicious spicy pakoras and tasty parathas with your choice of sweet or savory fillings.

Stop by and say hi to longtime West Seattle resident Bali Khan, and check out the new venture!

WEEKEND PREVIEW: Beer Church Turkey Bowl returns Saturday

November 11, 2022 8:00 pm
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 |   Fun stuff to do | How to help | West Seattle news

(File photo, donated food at a past Turkey Bowl)

The Beer Church Turkey Bowl is a beer-release party and early-holiday-season benefit all in one, and it’s back, tomorrow (Saturday) at West Seattle Bowl (39th/Oregon). Here’s the announcement from Kim at the Beer Church (philanthropic arm of the West Seattle-headquartered Washington Beer Blog):

Tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 12, Beer Church Turkey Bowl returns to the West Seattle Bowl after a two-year absence. The event is happening from 4 to 7 p.m. 100% of proceeds benefit the West Seattle Food Bank.

While the bowling event is sold out, everyone is welcome to stop by. Guests can purchase a $5 raffle ticket for prizes (drawing around 5:30, must be present to win). We will also be enjoying the release of Beer Church Hoppy Pale Ale (also benefiting the food bank), brewed by the West Side Beer Trail brewers at Future Primitive Brewing.

The West Seattle Food Bank will be present to accept donations of money or non-perishable food.

Find out more about the event and the new beer by going here.

VETERANS DAY: Pack 282 assists with West Seattle Junction flags

The Stars and Stripes again graced The Junction today for Veterans Day. Thanks to Margaret for the photos – she reports:

Cub Scout Pack 282 set up the flags in honor of Veterans Day at the Alaska Junction with the American Legion.

Above, Josie, proud Army granddaughter, unfurls a Flag to honor her grandparents.

Volunteers removed the flags before nightfall.

BIZNOTE: New services from Lake Washington Physical Therapy-West Seattle, including delivery

November 11, 2022 3:37 pm
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 |   Health | West Seattle businesses | West Seattle news

You can get almost anything delivered to your house/apartment – now, add physical therapy to the list. It’s one of two new services that Lake Washington Physical Therapy-West Seattle (WSB sponsor) wants you to know about. Mark Bouma of LWPT West Seattle says, “We are now offering Delivered Physical Therapy visits to residents in West Seattle and medically based Personal Training.” Delivered PT might be your best option if, for example, you’re a post-operative patient, you don’t have transportation to the clinic or can’t currently drive, you have kids you don’t want to bring along, etc. Read more about it here; meet the physical therapists in this video. Medically based personal training is being offered by Lorilei “Ilei” Tinia, NASM-CPT (here’s her bio). Mark says, “She is seeing clients in our clinic space during the week and on weekends. Ilei works closely with our physical therapists to make sure the appropriate modifications are made to make your training program safe and effective. A Doctor of Physical Therapy is always nearby to help triage any aches or pains to keep you on track with your fitness goals.” Lake Washington Physical Therapy-West Seattle is at 1309 Harbor Avenue SW; contact info is here.

WEEKEND PREVIEW: Ladies’ Musical Club library concerts return

(Seattle Public Library photo)

This weekend, the historic West Seattle (Admiral) Library hosts the return of a pre-pandemic favorite – the Ladies’ Musical Club. They bring free classical-music concerts to the library, and the first one in three years is scheduled for 3 pm this Sunday (November 13). The concert features woodwind duets; you can see the program on the library’s website.

ALMOST OPEN: Sneak peek inside Camp West in The Junction

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

At Camp West, soon to open in the ex-West 5 space in the West Seattle Junction, they’re taking the camping theme seriously – yet lightheartedly.

When you walk into the space at 4539 California SW, you’ll notice foldable canvas chairs at the tables by the front window. Temporary placeholders for furniture yet to arrive? No, they’re intentional. “They’re really sturdy!” insist two of the proprietors, Toni Uy and Patrick Haight, presiding over ongoing preparations and training when we visited Thursday afternoon, 5 months after we first reported the plan for the space.

Then there’s what you’ll get for water on your table – not a glass carafe, but a metal thermos.

If you’re drinking something harder, the cocktail might have a name like One-Eyed Squirrel (aloe, vodka, lime juice, and a decorative eyeball, a favorite at Camp West’s sibling in Tacoma, Camp Bar). Plan to pair your drink with food? Unique items include the Snackle Box, a mini-tackle box stocked with meat, cheese, olives, and bread.

Next to it in our photo is one of the mini-grills deliverable to tabletops for roast-it-yourself S’mores.

But let’s broaden the perspective for a moment, as, unless you hadn’t visited the space before, you’ll be mentally comparing at first:

One thing prominently absent in that view – the railing down the middle, removed in the remodel, no longer needed because Camp West is 21+. The north wall is now lined with booths, and the wall over them sports faux greenery, except for the section nearest the front, which is decorated with a variety of items from antlers to an axe to this photo of a well-known West Seattleite camping:

Over the front tables, the south wall has a mural by Andrew Miller, who also painted the one on the alley behind Camp West. That goes up to the bar, which features unique lantern-style lighting:

The focus there (see the beverage menu online) is on signature and classic cocktails, with a “heavy whiskey selection.” (And more whimsical names, like Sweaty Lumberjack.) You also will find four beers on tap – including of course the locally renowned Manny’s – plus a selection of canned beverages, even the 16-ounce Rainier.

At the back of Camp West, you’ll find a tent – seating 8+ for a semi-private celebration spot.

The back is also where there eventually be one lone video screen, not for sports or entertainment, but to support the rustic/outdoor ambience – skiing videos, old Rainier Beer commercials, etc.

In addition to the aforementioned Snackle Box and S’mores, Camp West has a broader menu than its Tacoma sibling – “a lot fancier” is how Haight puts it, but not too fancy. You can see the food menu online too – from burgers and other sandwiches to entrees including seared steelhead and mushroom cassoulet. Camp West has brought “a lot of new equipment” to the kitchen.

So the big question – when will they open? Right now they’re training staff via “friends and family” sessions. Then they’ll open to the public somewhat gradually, with the plan to be fully open by Wednesday, November 23. Hours for starters will be 4-10 pm Wednesdays and Thursdays, 4-midnight Fridays and Saturdays, 4-9 pm Sundays, closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Silent Disco, Alien Open Mic, burlesque, theater, more for your West Seattle Friday

(Camp Long – photo by Rosalie Miller)

Here’s what’s happening for the rest of today/tonight, mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

BLOCK DROP: DIY cleanup equipment – and dropoff spot for what you pick up and bag – available until 5 pm at the Admiral Way entrance to Schmitz Park.

DROP-IN OPEN PLAY: Now through 11:30 am, weekly drop-in open play for little ones at Arbor Heights Community Church (4113 SW 102nd).

NORTHWEST WINE ACADEMY: Tasting room, wine bar, and retail store are open again on Fridays and Saturdays, 1-6 pm on north end of South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor) campus, as previewed here.

ADOPTABLE CATS/KITTENS: Go to Pet Elements (6511 California SW) and see who’s looking for a forever home this week.

SILENT DISCO: Dance to music only you can hear! 5:30 pm-8 pm at Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza (61st/Alki).

ALIEN OPEN MIC: As previewed here, you – and all beings – are invited to Freshy’s (2735 California SW) for the first-ever Alien Open Mic. Host Krystal Kelley says it’ll be streamed here, too.

MUSIC AT C & P: 7-9 pm, Songwriters’ Showcase at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW), free, all ages.

ONE-WOMAN SHOW: Tia Naché‘s one-woman show “That Talk You Do opens tonight, 7 pm, at Acts on Stage in White Center. (10806 12th SW)

‘THE CURIOUS MRS. SAVAGE’: Second night for the West Seattle High School production, 7:30 pm in the school theater (3000 California SW). Our calendar listing has the synopsis and ticket link (note that this production offers a streaming option too).

THEATER: Blue Hour‘s ‘boom’ continues at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW), 8 pm.

ADMIRAL PUB ANNIVERSARY PARTY: Starting at 9 pm, join the owners of Admiral Pub (2306 California SW) celebrating their 3rd anniversary with an ’80s party!

CABARET/BURLESQUE: 9 pm at 2 Fingers Social (9211 Delridge Way SW) – details in our calendar listing. 21+.

Something for our calendar (or a last-minute addition for our Halloween Guide)? Please email – thank you!

Remembering Mark A. Vinson, 1974-2022

November 11, 2022 9:00 am
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 |   Obituaries | West Seattle news

Family and friends are remembering Mark A. Vinson and sharing this remembrance with the community:

Mark Alan Vinson, of Shoreline, died on September 25, 2022, after a nearly 4-year battle with colon cancer.

Mark was born in Seattle on January 5, 1974. He was an extremely bright and funny child who graduated from Holy Rosary School in West Seattle, Kennedy High School, and Pepperdine University.

Post-graduation, Mark worked in the Molecular Epidemiology Program at Pacific NW Research Institute in Seattle. He co-authored five manuscripts in reputable cancer research journals and helped design grant proposals funded by the NCI and Superfund. Having a background in cancer research, Mark was appreciative of the excellent care and compassion he received from the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance doctors, nurses, and staff throughout his cancer journey. Mark was brave and strong in his battle, taking care of himself until only a few weeks before he passed away.

Mark was a beloved friend to many. Reflecting on Mark’s passing, one of his closest friends, Toby Cheff, said, “Mark was a kind soul, very intelligent, widely talented, and genuinely cared about the plight of our planet, our country, and most of all his friends and family. It was through the toughest times that Mark showed his finest human qualities. Even through all of his suffering, Mark found a way to practice gratitude.”

Mark had many interests, including disc golf, drumming, music, art, and cooking. He loved to purchase items from area thrift stores to refurbish them for resale or thoughtful gifting to family and friends. He spent much of his time renovating stereo equipment – purchasing parts and repairing classic pieces. Mark’s apartment was like a museum – with treasures stashed in every nook and cranny and stories to tell about each of them.

Mark is survived by his parents, Alan Vinson, Jr. and Mary (Granquist) Vinson; sisters, Kristi (Mike), Jessie (Gerald), and Heather (Mike); nieces, Izzy and McKenna; and nephew, Jayden.

A funeral service is not planned at this time. Instead, donations may be made in Mark’s name to Hopelink or Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

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TRAFFIC, TRANSIT, ROAD WORK, WEATHER: Veterans Day changes + weekend alerts

November 11, 2022 6:00 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

6:00 AM: Good morning! It’s Veterans Day – Friday, November 11th.


Cloudy, slight chance of rain, high in the 40s. (Thursday’s high was 46, 7 degrees below what’s normal for that date; the low was 35, also 7 degrees below normal.)


No school; no Water Taxi; Metro on “reduced weekday” schedule; “parking holiday” for Seattle street spaces; state ferries plan to sound their whistles at 11:11 am as a tribute to veterans


-The east end of Sylvan Way just west of the Home Depot entrance remains closed for drainage work.

-Salmon designs will be installed along 31st SW and SW Graham in High Point this weekend; here’s the explanatory notice. SDOT says work will start each day around 6 am.


High Bridge – here’s the camera at the top.

High Bridge – the view from its southwest end (if SDOT points the 35th/Avalon/Fauntleroy camera that way).

Low Bridge: Or nearby, depending on where SDOT points the camera.

1st Ave. S. Bridge: The alternate route.

Highway 99: Here’s the northbound side at Lander.

All functional city traffic cams can be seen here, most with video options; West Seattle and vicinity-relevant cameras are also on this WSB page … Are movable city bridges opening for vessels? Check the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed.

If you see trouble on the roads/paths/water, please text or call us (when you can do so safely) – 206-293-6302.