West Seattle, Washington
11:15 PM: Police are investigating whether two West Seattle robberies tonight were committed by the same people, Right now they’re responding to the Shell station on Fauntleroy Way SW in The Triangle after a report that it was held up by two people described as Black, male, 16 or 17 years old, wearing masks and black jackets over hoodies and blue jeans; one had a black handgun. One officer pointed out to dispatch that the description matched that of two robbers who held up someone at California/Fauntleroy a few hours ago, getting away with the victim’s Air Pods. In that case, a getaway vehicle was reported, described as a black Hyundai SUV.
11:35 PM: And now a third robbery is reported, with two robbers matching that same description, this time at a gas station on the unincorporated side of Roxbury.
On this misty night, West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) filled with people ready to head out on the annual Christmas Light Run, a tradition that dates back to even before Tim and Lori McConnell founded their shop. So off they went to run a few miles and see nearby holiday sights:
They jingled, they glowed, they ran, they rolled. Upon return to WSR, treats and warm beverages awaited.
P.S. Lots of gift possibilities in the clothing, shoes, and accessories sold by WSR; they’re open regular hours through Friday, then closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. That means 11 am-4 pm Sunday, 10 am-6 pm Monday-Friday.
Two more brightly lit West Seattle residences to show you:
Kimberly tipped us to her brother-in-law Dan Scott‘s house southwest of Morgan Junction, decked with more than 11,000 lights. Here’s a closer look at the centerpiece, the big tree of lights:
You’ll find all those lights at 4350 SW Mills [map]. … Heading now to west Admiral, Jeremy sent this Instagram video of his all-out display:
This is near 51st/Olga [map].
Scroll through this WSB archive to see every place we’ve shown so far, and if you have a place to suggest – your own or someone else’s, with or without photo/video – please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
Did you try the Winter Wander this year? Local realtor and community advocate Alice Kuder organized it for the third year and says that thanks to participating businesses, volunteers, and players, it was a ton of fun:
The West Seattle Winter Wander Scavenger Hunt is a free, 10-day event designed to bring friends and families together for holiday fun! It also promotes and supports small West Seattle businesses, providing them with free publicity that will bring them to the attention of hundreds of potential customers.
Winter Wander by the numbers:
-In 2020, its first year, 12 teams signed up.
-In 2121, 24 teams registered.
=In 2022, 77 teams signed up, most of which pre-registered before the event even began. Registration wasn’t required unless players wanted to qualify for prizes, so many others may have just downloaded the clue sheet and map and played just for fun.
35 of the 77 teams submitted selfies. 16 teams solved all 25 clues. In addition to solving clues, teams earned points by donating to the West Seattle Food Bank and Toys For Tots. Each point earned an entry in the drawing for the Grand Prize Swag Bag filled with booty from local businesses. In the end, those donations were so generous that we gave away three swag bags instead of one! Those 3 were drawn at random from 2003 entries!
The three winning teams were: The Snow Leopards, led by Amy Converse; The Dog Pack, led by Chris De La Rosa; and Team Peckyno, Steve and Laura Peckyno.
Diana and Eric Huling, aka The Cotton-Headed Ninnymuggins, won the $100 First Place prize by submitting all 25 correct answers at 9:36 PM on Dec. 2nd, just 5 hours and 26 minutes after Winter Wander began!
Here is a sample of the creative team names: We Sleigh; Kraken the Clues; The Dingus Dashers; The Awesome Austins; The Yetis; and The Penguin League.
I hope and intend to make Winter Wander a West Seattle holiday tradition that our community can look forward to each year. It runs from the first Friday in December until the second Sunday in December, so the fourth annual Winter Wander will be Dec. 1-10, 2023.
Although I am the sole sponsor of Winter Wander, I depend on the generous assistance of a few volunteers to help me pull it off. This year, those volunteers included: Claire Sites, Randy Winn, Kathy Blackwell Harper, Shelley Barouh, Steve Bierman, Sarah Frances, Barb Joseph, and MJ Brick.
Swag bag donors:
Just in Case
Sound Painting Solutions
Lars Gesing Fine Art Images
The Missing Piece
Log House Museum
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
Penguina Jewelry Designs
West Seattle Adventures blog
Prestige Home Loans
Procura Home Lending
Businesses that participated as clue solutions:
The Missing Piece
Lars Gesing Fine Art Images
Applied Martial Arts
Three Little Birds
Thunder Road Guitars
West Seattle Food Bank
West Seattle Fish House
Verity Credit Union
West Seattle Autoworks
Any business that would like to be a clue solution next year, should contact me at email@example.com or 206-708-9800.
Lastly, in case anyone wonders why I do this, here are some of the comments I got in emails.
“So grateful for the event – was a ton of fun! Thanks for doing it,. Alice – It was a great community builder!”
“Thank you so much – it was honestly the funnest we’ve had in a while so thank you for setting this up.”
“Our family is having fun with the Winter Wander! Thanks so much for making this happen in our community 😊”
“The Three Blind mice found the Grinch!! This was fun, saw amazing lights while driving around.”
“This was a really fun adventure. Thanks for putting this together.”
“Thank you for providing (me) so much fun this weekend!”
Three West Seattle Crime Watch notes:
STOLEN MAIL TRUCK: We haven’t been able to scratch together further details on this – police reports won’t be available before Monday – so we’re just getting it on the record. Several readers tipped us about a photo posted on social media Friday afternoon with a USPS truck, unoccupied, at 36th/Dawson, and items strewn around. When we heard about this, we went over but it was gone. The police call to the area was coded “suspicious person or vehicle.” However, archived dispatch audio confirmed a USPS truck was indeed reported stolen from 36th/Snoqualmie around 1:45 pm, while the carrier was delivering mail, moments before the 36th/Dawson discovery. If you think your mail might have been stolen, here’s USPS advice on how to report it.
PACKAGE FOUND: Richard found an item it appears a package thief didn’t want:
I found this Amazon package yesterday (Fri 12/16) late afternoon on the side of the road, Fairmount Ave SW. The package was empty & they tore off the address label but the item appears unique that someone might benefit knowing it was likely stolen. The item is a Cherbie Wicked Ball SE (a smart pet ball). I’ll try to contact Amazon with what limited info I have but hopefully the buyer will receive a credit. This time of year it’s best to use Amazon lockers instead of having packages left on your doorstep.
SEASONAL CRIME-PREVENTION TIPS: Speaking of advice, the annual tips circulated by SPD are in this flyer sent by Southwest Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Danner – package theft included. She also has officially announced the next community meeting at the precinct (West Seattle Crime Prevention Council) is scheduled for 7 pm Thursday, January 12th – with online and in-person attendance options.
Two holiday notes just in:
TREE DEALS: We mentioned in today’s preview list that it’s the last day for Holy Rosary School‘s tree lot. Just got an update – starting now, everything is half-priced, and they’re open today until they sell out. They have about 20 trees left in the 5′ to 12′ range, and 30 under 4′. Find the lot – whose proceeds benefit nonprofits – on the north side of the campus, 41st/Dakota. 3:38 PM UPDATE: Just got a call – they’re sold out. ADDED: Some little trees have been set out, free for the taking:
EMERALD WATER ANGLERS: West Seattle’s fishing/outdoor-apparel shop at 42nd/Oregon (a longtime WSB spondor) says it’s “Holiday Sweater Saturday” – which means “wear your fave/obnoxious/ugly sweater and receive 6 trout flies for every $100 spent.” EWA is open until 6 pm today.
Hey, hockey fans! The newest Seattle pro-sports mascot will appear in West Seattle on Sunday morning. This was already in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar after the folks at Morgan Junction Starbucks let us know they’ll be hosting Buoy, the Seattle Kraken mascot, but now we have a few more details from the team:
On Sunday, we’re bringing the Sea Sleigh full of hockey holiday cheer to West Seattle! Buoy’s van will be decked out with free holiday gifts to give away to fans who join us at 10:00 am at California & Fauntleroy Starbucks in West Seattle.
Fans will walk away with a variety of gifts such as a signed jersey, Kraken beanie, tickets to a Kraken game and meet and greets — with one lucky fan winning free Starbucks for a year!
Buoy debuted two months ago, at the start of the season. The Kraken are currently 16-10-3, third in their division.
HOLIDAY PHOTO POP-UP: Join Gail Ann Photography for holiday photos at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse (9131 California SW). Fee, part of which is a nonprofit donation. Full details and all dates/times – 8:30 am to 2 pm today – are in our calendar listing.
TREE LOT’S LAST DAY: The Holy Rosary School Tree Lot closes after today. Here’s their final announcement:
Last day for the Holy Rosary Tree Lot is today. The lot will be open behind Holy Rosary School, on the corner of 41st & Dakota, from 9 am until the trees are gone. A fresh load was delivered on Wednesday and a few wreaths and strands of garland remain. If you are looking for a small 2-4’ tree, there is still a great selection available.
We thank all the wonderful customers for helping us raise money not only for Holy Rosary School, but local West Seattle organizations.
NATIVE ART MARKET: 10 am-7 pm at the Duwamish Longhouse (4705 W. Marginal Way SW).
MORNING MUSIC: Marco de Carvalho and Friends, 10:30 am-noon at C & P Coffee (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), no cover.
FREE WRITING GROUP: 10:30 am in West Seattle, registration required – full details in our calendar listing.
FREE ICE-CREAM CONES: Special holiday gift for you from Shug’s Mini (California/Charlestown), noon-4 pm.
GIFT-WRAP EVENT: Also with Beloveds, noon-4 pm at Meeples Games (3727 California SW) – “We are providing gift-wrapping services for a suggested donation to Beloveds Foundation. We will have some gift wrap, ribbon, etc., and folks can come by who are not customers of Meeples Games too!”
LOG HOUSE MUSEUM GIFT SHOP: Noon-4 pm, visit the gift shop at the home of local history, with a 50%-off sale on glass ornaments and books. (3003 61st SW)
CANDLE POP-UP: Last 2022 pop-up for West Seattle’s Cascadia Wicks, 1-5 pm at Beveridge Place Pub (6413 California SW). 10% of candle sales will go to West Seattle Food Bank.
WINTER SPLENDOR & FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT: 5 pm, gift wrapping – face painting – ornament decorating – Santa pics – snacks and refreshments – music – presented by SW Seattle Youth Alliance, Westside Hey, Target, and YMCA, at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW), Free, but RSVP here.
CHRISTMAS LIGHT RUN: Meet at West Seattle Runner (2743 California SW) at 6 pm! “We hope you can join us for our annual Christmas Light Run! This will be a leisurely 2 to 3 mile run to look at lights and be in good company. Be sure to wear your reflective gear and lights. We encourage festive! We will serve nog, cider, hot chocolate, and treats afterward. Please feel free to bring food bank donations. We look forward to this annual time together.”
WEST SEATTLE YULETIDE: Fourth weekend for thousands of lights synched to music outside the Iversons‘ home on 38th SW between Genesee and Dakota – 6:30-10 pm.
FAUNTLEROY CHURCH CONCERT: 7 pm in the Fauntleroy UCC sanctuary with choir, brass, percussion, and lots of holiday spirit. Free. (9140 California SW)
‘MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET’: At 7:30 pm, it’s the second-to-last show for the Twelfth Night Productions presentation of The Lux Radio Theater version of the classic 1947 film, performed at Kenyon Hall (7904 35th SW) – ticket info and other details on the TNP website. (While Sunday is sold out, some seats for tonight remained when we checked early this morning.)
COOKIE’S FESTIVE MIRACLES: Doors at 8 pm for Cookie Couture‘s variety show, drag and more, at The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW), $15, 21+.
WEST SEATTLE HOLIDAY DRAG SHOW: 8:30 pm at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW) – “It’s time for some holiday cheer with the Legendary Queen Andrew Scott and special guest Miss Texas 1988.”
OUT AT THE BOX: Holiday-themed drag show at Box Bar (5401 California SW), 9:30 pm. Free. 21+.