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Congratulations to the High Point “Hurricanes,” who won 1st place in today’s ‘City Wide Volleyball Jamboree’ held at Miller Community Center, making this coach extremely proud!!
After going undefeated during the season (4-0), today they beat Delridge and Loyal Heights community centers, and then again played Delridge in the playoffs, winning the first & third games to bring home the Gold.
Delridge CC took home the Silver, so West Seattle volleyball was well represented!
Two weeks from tonight, it’s the biggest night of the holiday season in The Junction, with this year’s Tree Lighting and Night Market now joined by GLOWS. The Junction Association has announced more details, including the schedule for that night (Saturday, December 3) and the street-closure plan:
This year, the event becomes a festival with a stage show, later hours, a beer and mulled-wine garden, and an artistic light display element called G.L.O.W.S. (Glorious Lights of West Seattle).
Alaska Street will be closed from 42nd to 44th. California Ave will be closed from Oregon to Edmunds.
Everyone coming to the festival is encouraged to wear LED lights – anything from a single strand to a full-on costume. A group of roving artists will award prizes to the top individual costume ($250 Junction gift card), pet costume ($100 Junction gift card), and group costume ($500 Junction gift card).
Santa Claus will emcee the stage show, which features School of Rock, Endolyne Choir, Mode Music Studio, Elvis, and holiday surf band Dancer and Prancer after the tree lighting.
The Night Market will feature 24 local artisans selling pottery, jewelry, body care products, wreaths, succulents and other gifts. There will be a few tasty treats mixed in as well. The beer & mulled wine garden – a first at the Junction Holiday event – is presented by Elliott Bay Brewery and Darby Winery.
Schedule for December 3rd Holiday Festival, 4 – 8 pm
4:00: Festival begins. Night Market vendors and Beer & Wine Garden are open.
4:00 – 5:00: Endolyne Choir, Mode Music Studio, and School of Rock perform on stage.
5:00 – 6:00: Elvis performs. G.L.O.W.S. Costume Promenade on streets.
6:00 – 7:00: Costume Contest, Lighting of the Tree, Santa Claus with reading and carols.
7:00 – 8:00: Holiday headliners Dancer and Prancer perform on stage.
Last month we published WSJA’s call for artists to create light costumes for GLOWS; here’s the announcement of who was chosen.
Thanks for the tips and photos! After many texts about a celebratory vehicle parade to Don Armeni (and since headed westbound toward Alki), many displaying the Samoan flag, we went down to find out why. Participants told us it’s about Samoa making it to the Rugby League World Cup final for the first time ever. The match was played earlier today and Australia – which has won the championship 11 out of the past 12 times – beat Samoa 30-10, but Samoans are bursting with pride that their team made it this far.
2:26 PM: Seattle Fire says a 75-year-old woman hit by a driver near the Junction 7-11 was in critical condition when medics took her to the hospital. We don’t know anything about the collision beyond that it happened around 9:45 am and was dispatched as “vehicle versus pedestrian – severe impact,” as police had cleared the scene by the time we heard about it (thanks to Ryan for the tip) and went there. Archived emergency-radio audio did not yield any further details aside from the first SFD unit telling others that though the dispatch was to an Edmunds address, the scene was on Erskine. We’re attempting to find out more from police but might not be able to get followup information until Monday.
5:35 PM: An SPD spokesperson tells WSB, A pedestrian was crossing at the 4300 block of Erskine Way SW, and she was struck by a vehicle traveling slow speeds. The driver didn’t commit any crimes, and he was released at the scene.”
SUNDAY PM: A family member has confirmed that the victim died today. (added) Also, we are told the age provided by SFD was incorrect – she was 83 years old.
If you just make it to one bazaar this holiday season – consider heading to Arrowhead Gardens in southeast West Seattle (9200 2nd SW) before 3 pm, to browse/shop rooms full of handmade creations, mostly by AG residents, like Dolores (above) and Linda (below).
Linda’s jars contain not only preserves but also sauces/syrups/marinade bases – lemon-rosemary, among others. Also eyecatching as we wandered the vendor tables in the central AG building (on the east side of the complex), these little owls:
Also some wearables like hats and scarves. You can enter AG from Olson or Myers, on the hill over Highway 509.
10:59 AM: Until 1 pm, the West Seattle Food Bank is offering turkeys and boxes of other food to drive-up/ride-up visitors in the north parking lot at South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor). Here’s what’s in the boxes:
If you can’t get to either of today’s turkey giveaways but are at risk of holiday hunger, the WSFB is also distributing turkeys at its HQ (35th/Morgan) noon-7 pm Monday (November 21) and 10 am-2 pm Tuesday and Wednesday (November 22-23).
12:07 PM: Just got a text that they’ll be wrapping up shortly as the 500 turkeys are almost all gone.
For the next few weekends, we are in the heart of holiday bazaar season, with opportunities to buy handmade creations both seasonal and timeless. The first event to open today is at Alki Masonic Center in The Junction (40th/Edmunds).
This one draws crafters from around the region. It’ll be open until 4 pm.
The entrance is off the lot on the south side of the building.
At 39th/Oregon this morning, Eastridge Church volunteers are continuing the church’s longstanding tradition of giving away turkeys and bags of groceries before Thanksgiving. This year, it’s back to walk-up after they switched to drive-up during the height of the pandemic. Bags of food are given along with the turkeys:
Between the church’s two campuses – West Seattle and the Eastside – the church is distributing 1,500 turkeys this year. It continues until noon or while supplies last; we’ll update if we get word they’ve run out.
In our photo above is Jaeley, who’s helping greet people today.
(WSB photo: Holiday wreaths are up in The Junction)
With Thanksgiving approaching, this is the first weekend of the holiday season, so we’re starting this preview of today/tonight with events from the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide:
TURKEY GIVEAWAY AT EASTRIDGE CHURCH: 9 am-noon, the church at 39th/Oregon is giving away hundreds of turkeys and bags of groceries. This year it’s back to walk-up distribution; the line usually forms along 39th.
HOLIDAY BAZAAR: 9 am-4 pm at Alki Masonic Center (4736 40th SW).
TURKEY GIVEAWAY AT SOUTH SEATTLE COLLEGE: 10 am-1 pm, the West Seattle Food Bank is distributing 500 turkeys and boxes of groceries to people who drive up/ride up in the north lot of South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor).
CRAFT BAZAAR: 10 am-3 pm, shop local at the Arrowhead Gardens Holiday Craft Bazaar (9200 2nd SW).
CHRISTMAS MARKET: One more option for shopping local today – gifts and treats at the Christmas Market at Admiral Church (4320 SW Hill), 11 am-4 pm.
ORDERING DEADLINE: Today is the ordering deadline for holiday meals/sides from Dream Dinners-West Seattle (WSB sponsor) – info is right under the first photo atop our Holiday Guide.
CHRISTMAS TREES: If you want an early tree, the first ones have arrived in West Seattle. Our Holiday Guide has that running list too.
From here, it’s the non-holiday-related happenings, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
COVID BOOSTER-SHOT CLINIC: Madison Middle School (3429 45th 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.
MEMBERSHIP MEETING: The Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s annual meeting – non-members welcome too! – starts at 10 am at the Log House Museum (61st/Stevens). Preregister here.
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.
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 (get what you need for Thanksgiving!) – is open 1-6 pm. (5910 California SW)
RANGER & THE RE-ARRANGERS: “Gypsy jazz” at Kenyon Hall (7904 35th SW), 7 pm.
LIVE AT THE SKYLARK: “A rockin’ night” with Drastic Down, Seed, Foul Blooded, doors at 7 pm, music at 8 pm. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
THEATER: Last chance to see Blue Hour‘s ‘boom’ at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW), 8 pm.
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2:37 AM: After multiple reports of gunfire in South Delridge, both Seattle Police and King County Sheriff’s Deputies are out searching right now. There are no reports of injuries so far. Officers are telling dispatch they’re finding “bullet damage to cars.”
2:43 AM: They’re looking for a suspect who apparently allegedly at some point threatened officers, and at least part of the search has ranged north into Highland Park. A K-9 team is part of the search.
9:29 AM: Update from police:
Police investigating a report of domestic violence came under fire from the suspect as he fled the West Seattle scene early Saturday morning.
A woman called 911 around 12:30 am to report that her ex-boyfriend was chasing her through West Seattle and pointing a handgun at her. Police responding to her home spotted the 26-year-old suspect’s vehicle driving toward the house. Officers attempted to get the suspect to stop the vehicle but he drove off at a high rate of speed.
45 minutes later, officers were dispatched to multiple reports of shots fired near the victim’s home. Responding officers again spotted the suspect’s vehicle and chased it to 17 Avenue SW and SW Barton Street, where the suspect exited the car and began running away. Officers gave chase until the suspect turned and opened fire on the officers. Bullets struck multiple vehicles parked in the area, and even hit a car narrowly missing the leg of the officer that was outside of that vehicle.
Police contained the area and searched with a K9 officer but have not found the suspect yet. Officers described the shooter as a Hispanic male, 5’7”, 140 lbs, mustache, goatee, wearing a black hoodie and missing one shoe.
If you spot the suspect please call 911 immediately.
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