West Seattle, Washington
Kendall Jones and Kim Sharpe Jones brought back the Beer Church Turkey Bowl tonight after a pandemic hiatus – and they report an even better turnout than pre-pandemic. The lanes at West Seattle Bowl were sold out in advance.
They were selling raffle tickets for items celebrating the Beer Church’s namesake beverage:
Most important of all, the Turkey Bowl is also a food drive, collecting nonperishable food and other items needed by the West Seattle Food Bank:
The Turkey Bowl has brought in literally tons of food over the past 20+ years. Tonight was also a release party for Beer Church Pale Ale, made with local brewers from the West Side Beer Trail – if you missed the party, ask for it at those establishments sometime soon!
As previewed in our traffic alerts the past few mornings, SDOT was out today painting community-designed salmon in the street in High Point. The decorative fish are planned for two “Healthy Street” sections of 31st SW and SW Graham. We went over late today to see what had been completed in the first round of work.
The fish we found are on 31st south of Graham, so it looks like they’ll be working on Graham tomorrow (Sunday, November 13), starting as early as 6 am.
The project is explained here.
Speaking of holidays … Saturday, December 3 – just three weeks from today – is the date to set on your calendar for the biggest event of the season in the West Seattle Junction. What started as “just” the tree lighting is expanding to include not only the return of a Night Market but also GLOWS – Glorious Lights of West Seattle. We had a bit of information about it when the call for artists opened last month, but you have a role in this too – here’s more, from West Seattle Junction Association executive director Chris Mackay:
The West Seattle Junction is adding to its annual Hometown Holidays this December 3rd by creating a festival of lights for all to enjoy. Our beautiful lighted trees will be the backdrop for a light-costume parade where community members are encouraged to promenade around the Junction dressed in outfits decorated with lights. We will have our streets closed to traffic, so everyone can enjoy seeing each other and the artists. Many of our local merchants will be decorating their store fronts with lights, and we will be lighting our Christmas Tree as well. Enjoy strolling around, shopping at the merchants and the night market, and enjoy a mug of hot spiced wine or a beer in our beer garden.
Prizes: Gift cards to Junction Merchants for Best Group-$500, Best Individual-$250, and Best pet-$100.
Contestants will be tagged by the artists during the promenade from 5 pm-6:00 pm, entering them into the competition on stage where the crowd will vote for their favorite at 6:30 pm.
Applications are still open for artists to create a costume – go here. Chris adds, “Each year we will build on our GLOWS Festival. Next year we will be adding an interactive community AI light show. Don’t miss it! Always the first Saturday in December.”
Christmas is six weeks away. If you’re ready to get in the mood, this weekend’s return of the Peace Lutheran Church (39th/Thistle) holiday bazaar is the place – many of the handmade/fair-trade items are holiday-themed:
The bazaar also features a bake sale, with proceeds benefiting the West Seattle Food Bank:
The bazaar continues until 2 pm today, and will be open again noon-2 pm Sunday. If you get there today before 1 pm, they’re also offering free kids’ crafts and selling a hot lunch ($5 adults, $3 kids). Note that they’re not taking cards or electronic payments – bring cash or personal checks.
11:07 AM: It’s a kitchen fire, firefighters tell dispatch, so they’re downsizing the response.
11:10 AM: Firefighters subsequently told dispatch that the fire did not extend beyond the kitchen and that it’s out.
11:26 AM: Our crew at the scene confirms that the fire’s out and no one was hurt.
Animated Café proprietor Melanie (aka “Ana”) just sent word that her coffee trailer is now open at its new location, a week later than originally hoped, so we went over for photos. We reported on the move 2+ weeks ago. Animated Café is now on the same Triangle lot as the Chapulín Oaxaqueño taco truck, at 4518 Fauntleroy Way SW [map]:
She first opened her coffee stand last winter at its original location in Westwood. She offers a deal on weekends where customers who come dressed in the spirit of the weekend “theme” get $2 off; the November schedule is in our previous report.
Welcome to Saturday! Here are highlights for today/tonight, mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
COVID BOOSTERS: Louisa Boren STEM K-8 (5950 Delridge Way SW) is hosting a clinic that’s open to the public, with Pfizer bivalent boosters available to people ages 5 and up – more info in our calendar listing.
PEACE LUTHERAN HOLIDAY BAZAAR: Another holiday tradition returns from its pandemic hiatus. 10 am-2 pm, shop the bazaar at Peace Lutheran Church (39th/Thistle), with free kids’ crafts 10 am-1 pm and hot lunch available for purchase 11 am-1 pm. Bake sale too, benefiting West Seattle Food Bank.
GRAND OPENING: Bali’s Himalayan Chai and Salt Snacks Counter is celebrating its grand opening inside Puerto Vallarta Mexican Restaurant (4727 California SW), 10 am-2 pm.
MORNING MUSIC AT C & P: 10:30 am-noon, Marco de Carvalho and Friends perform at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor).
FREE WRITING GROUP: 10:30 am in-person gathering in West Seattle, free but registration required; details in our calendar listing.
PRE-HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSES: 11 am-5 pm, five West Seattle Junction shops invite you to their “First Look” at this year’s holiday season: Fleurt (newly decorated window above), Capers, FJ’s Consignment, Wild Roses, Virago Gallery.
VIETNAMESE CULTURAL CENTER: Open to visitors noon-3 pm, as noted here. (2234 SW Orchard)
WINE TIME: The tasting room at Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor) – selling wine by the glass or bottle – is open 1-6 pm. (5910 California SW)
ONE-WOMAN SHOW: Tia Naché‘s debut one-woman show “That Talk You Do“ has the second-to-final performance tonight, 7 pm, at Acts on Stage in White Center. (10806 12th SW)
EVENING MUSIC AT C & P: 7 pm, West Seattle’s own Brews Brothers perform at C & P Coffee (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor)
MARC SMASON & THE CHICAGO 7: Hot jazz at Kenyon Hall (7904 35th SW), 7 pm.
LIVE AT THE SKYLARK: Teenage Toad, Golden Noldies, Evictions, 7 pm. $10. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
‘THE CURIOUS MRS. SAVAGE’: Third 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).
COMEDY AT ADMIRAL PUB: Saturday night laughter, 9 pm, $10. (2306 California SW)
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