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SATURDAY: Open houses for three schools

January 6, 2023 8:15 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle schools

Looking ahead to next school year? Three schools are having open houses tomorrow (Saturday, January 7th):

TILDEN SCHOOL: This independent elementary school‘s open house for prospective families is set for 10 am-noon:

We invite you to visit the school, tour our campus, and chat with the teachers and specialists who make Tilden extraordinary. Tilden School has been providing academic, engaging, individualized education since 1985, in West Seattle.

We are housed in (but not affiliated with) the First Lutheran Church of West Seattle, on the corner of California and Dakota – their back door is our front door! Enter on the west side of the building, in the alley, across from the south end of the parking lot.

The official address for Tilden School (WSB sponsor) is 4105 California Avenue SW.

HARBOR SCHOOL: This independent K-8 school is on Vashon Island and invites prospective families of 4th through 8th graders to visit for its 10 am open house:

Visit our campus on Saturday, January 7th to learn about our outstanding academic program, robust travel study program, individualized approach to instruction and annual camp adventures. We hope you’ll come to campus, meet our wonderful faculty & staff and learn more about our school! RSVP at

Harbor School (WSB sponsor) is at 15920 Vashon Highway.

BRIDGE SCHOOL: This co-op elementary school also is having an open house, 10 am-noon Saturday:

The Bridge School, located at 10300 28th Ave SW, is a cooperative, multi-age, progressive elementary school program that fosters authentic learning through whole child development.

Questions before or after this open house? or 206-922-1202.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Store-robbery suspect arrested; JTF burglary reported

Two items in West Seattle Crime Watch this evening:

ROBBERY SUSPECT ARRESTED: Seattle Police just announced an arrest in the early-morning holdup at the 35th/Barton 7-11 on December 4th. They say the 22-year-old man was identified through evidence gathered by detectives and arrested Thursday in Auburn. He is in the King County Jail, bail set at $750,000. No word on other suspects’ status in the case; when the robbery happened, police said three people were involved, and that they also were likely suspects in a holdup a short time later in Burien.

JTF BURGLARY REPORTED: Police were dispatched today to investigate a reported burglary at the Seattle Fire Joint Training Facility on Myers Way in southeast West Seattle. Dispatchers told officers that the burglar(s) were reported to have taken $5,000 in training equipment. We asked SFD for comment, but they said information would have to come from SPD, so we’re now awaiting that.

LOW-BRIDGE CLOSURE: Here’s how app-based free Water Taxi/bus rides will work

As promised, SDOT has gone public before week’s end with details of how you can ride the West Seattle Water Taxi and/or Metro buses fare-free for the duration of the low-bridge closure. As SDOT reps told West Seattle Bike Connections on Tuesday, the plan uses the Transit GO app, so if you’re interested, you have to download that if you don’t have it already. Here’s what happens from there, as explained by SDOT:

-Click on “Rewards” and enter code LOWBRIDGE23 to get 1,500 points for your next ride. Please note: there may be a slight delay in these points appearing.

-Tap “Redeem” and then select the free ride of your choice (King County Metro bus or West Seattle Water Taxi).

-Go to “View Ticket” and then confirm your order (required).

-Then, activate your ticket and show it to your transit operator.

-Once your ticket has been used, you’ll automatically be rewarded with another 1,500 points for your next ride. You’ll continue to earn free tickets while this rewards program is in effect.

As for how long that’ll be – how long the low-bridge closure will last – no new info on that. Meantime (as also noted on Tuesday), the funding for the bus/Water Taxi rides is coming from the voter-approved Seattle Transit Measure, a .15% sales tax (15 cents on a $100 purchase).

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Admiral corner mailbox stolen, again

Look closely at the top half of that photo and you’ll see bolts that formerly held the Admiral Way/Belvidere USPS mailbox. We got a tip this morning that the big blue collection box was missing again, more than 11 years after its previous theft. A spokesperson for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service confirms to WSB that the mailbox was indeed stolen – and says it’s just been recovered this past hour “in the Burien area.” We have followup questions out including when it happened (we recall seeing the box in place just a few days ago) and what you should do if you might have had mail in the box; we’ll add whatever we hear back.

WEST SEATTLE FOOD: First day for Portage Bay Café in The Junction

(WSB photos)

As announced last week, today is opening day for Portage Bay Café‘s new West Seattle Junction location, the former Agave Cocina spot at 4725 42nd SW. We just went over for photos.

Today is a soft-open day, for which they took a limited number of reservations, so they opened at 9 am and are closing at 1 pm. Regular hours will be Thursdays 8 am-1 pm, Fridays 8 am-1:30 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 8 am-2 pm, Mondays 8 am-1 pm, closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Above is the famous “bar” where you can choose toppings for your pancakes or french toast. For now, we’re told, they’re offering the same breakfast/brunch menu as the other PBC locations, but once they’ve truly settled in after a few weeks or so, the chef will also have a location-specific fresh sheet. We first reported Portage Bay’s West Seattle plan in August; this is the southernmost location for the mini-chain, founded a quarter-century ago by John Gunnar.

From spelling to sports, 6 options for your West Seattle Friday night

(Sunrise photo by Theresa Arbow-O’Connor)

The weekend is almost here! Your options for the rest of today/tonight include, (mostly) from our West Seattle Event Calendar:

AFTER-SCHOOL MAGIC LEAGUE: Weekly 4-6 pm event for 12+, $5 per player – learn about and play “Magic: the Gathering” at Meeples Games (3727 California SW)

DJ AT EASY STREET: Alternative 12″ singles with Depeche Mike, 6-9 pm at Easy Street Records (4559 California SW).

FREE INTRODUCTION TO PRANIC HEALING: 6:30 pm at Alki location that will be sent to those who register – the link is in our calendar listing.

SOUND BATH: 7 pm at Move2Center (3618 SW Alaska), offered by Inner Alchemy – details in our calendar listing.

SPELLDOWN AT THE SKYLARK: Doors at 7 pm for this 21+, one-night-only “adult spelling bee” – details in our preview, including ticket link. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

HIGH-SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Varsity home games tonight at West Seattle High School vs. Seattle Prep – 7 pm girls, 8:30 pm boys. (3000 California SW)

Something to add to our calendar? – thank you! :

NEW FOR 2023: ‘Lion Den’ for kindergarteners

An announcement for families with kindergarteners:

Cub Scout Pack 282 Kindergarten Den Starting!

Calling Kindergarten Girls and Boys! Cub Scout Pack 282 will be starting a Lion Den in the new year! Have your Kinder join us with their grown-up January 10th at 6 pm at West Side Presbyterian Church (3601 California Ave). Please direct any questions to Margaret at or via text at 206-769-6522.


January 6, 2023 6:01 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

6:01 AM: Good morning! It’s Friday, January 6th.


This is the 15th day the low bridge has been closed to surface traffic.

Here’s our latest update.


Seattle Public Utilities has a lane closed in the 1400 block of Alki SW for the pump-station project


More rain expected today, breezy, high in the low 50s. (Thursday was warmer than predicted, with a record-for-the-date high of 59, 12 degrees above the historical norm.) … Also, although the 6:06 am high tide should be considerably lower than what we saw December 27th, there’s a Coastal Flood Advisory alert through 9 am.


Metro is on a regular schedule today but still down buses for repairs – keep watching notification channels such as @kcmetroalerts for trip cancellations and route suspensions.

-The West Seattle Water Taxi is on its regular schedule.

-WSF’s Triangle Route remains on its two-boat schedule- check here for alerts/updates.


Delridge cameras: Updating this recent report, five are now live. Besides the one below (Delridge/Genesee), cameras are also up at Delridge/Oregon, Delridge/Juneau, Delridge/Orchard, and Delridge/Henderson.

High Bridge – the camera at the top.

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

1st Ave. S. Bridge – the south route.

Highway 99: – 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 a problem on the roads/paths/water, please text or call us (when you can do so safely) – 206-293-6302.