West Seattle, Washington
You can do a good deed while you’re out enjoying your Sunday. Tomorrow brings the next Alki UCC community donation drive – here’s what they’re hoping for this time:
Donation Drive This Sunday, July 16
6115 SW Hinds
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Kids are out of school for the summer, leaving many families struggling to provide nutritious meals and snacks to replace food only available during the school year.
We are asking for healthy, kid-friendly snacks, hot/cold cereal, canned tuna/meats, peanut butter, applesauce/fruit packs, crackers, cheese sticks, Mac&Cheese, and other boxed, easy-to-prepare meals.
Your donations of food, clothing and outdoor gear are distributed through the Westside Interfaith Network (WIN) Saturday lunch, hosted in White Center.
Deepest gratitude to our community for your generous support of our neighbors in need.
Thanks to Paul Weatherman for that aerial view of the main stage/beer garden area on Friday evening. Go enjoy it tonight, because after the end of the Saturday music slate, that area clears out to be ready for Sunday’s Farmers’ Market! Meantime, more festival coverage – including video of last hour’s dance performance – coming up.
4:38 PM: Report #1 had two candidate visits, and already this hour, we’ve had two more, both for City Council District 1, first Rob Saka:
Moments later, Phil Tavel (taking a break from his weekend space at The Hydrant):
They’re two of the eight candidates vying for the City Council seat that Lisa Herbold is leaving. As we noted in this election preview, your ballot was sent out Wednesday and has likely arrived by now (ours arrived today). … Up on the Main Stage, this hour’s band was Memphis Radio Kings:
5:13 PM: It’s been a warm day – in the 80s – but we’re getting a nice cross-breeze here at Walk All Ways. Steps away at Junction Plaza Park, West Side Stage music continues – we’ll add video soon of Self Doubt soon, second-to-last performer today (update: here’s the video):
Next, Garth Reeves & Cami Voss at 6 pm. The park stage will have performances tomorrow too, even though the main stage will be deactivated after 10 pm tonight. The main stage lineup for the rest of the day:
6:00 Acid Tongue
7:00 Jarv Dee
9:00 The Cave Singers
DJ Yo Adrien
5:24 PM: The DancePowered performance video is ready to go:
Just before they began, we took this screengrab from the California/Alaska traffic cam just before they began:
Seal Sitters is still next to us in the Info Booth for another half-hour – if you have questions about local marine mammals (and how to tell if they’re in distreess), coe visit! Summer Fest’s major mission is community connections, and there’s a lot of those going on.
5:39 PM: Another Walk All Ways dance performance! D&G Dance Company just showed up. (Video added:)
6:25 PM: Fight hunger and prevent homelessness while you’re here – buy a raffle ticket at the West Seattle Food Bank booth on the west side of California, between Oregon and Alaska:
Breanna’s in the booth and would be happy to get you in on the drawing, $10/ticket gets you discounts at three restaurants – Elliott Bay Brewing, Whisky West, and Soprano Anticos – plus West Seattle Wine Cellars, even if you don’t win the drawing (prizes are $150 with Amazon, $100 with Hotwire Coffee, $50 with West Seattle Grounds.
6:39 PM: Another candidate sighting – again from the City Council District 1 race, Maren Costa:
With her is partner Andrew Kliphardt.
7 PM: A little refreshing cloud cover is rolling in. (Today’s high was 90, so “refreshing” is welcome.) The food zone is elbow to elbow – we’ll remind you again that if you want to dine outdoors, many of the year-round restaurants have festival-only sidewalk cafés set up – you can have a new experience AND spend your $ on a local biz. … Meantime, while on our way up to the main stqge for Jarv Dee, we stopped for a look at the in-progress commmunity mural – Stacey Sterling is leading its creation:
She shepherded community involvement these past two days and now will finish the mural. You can catch up with her next weekend at Alki Art Fair (Friday, July 21, through Sunday, July 23).
7:33 PM: Jarv Dee!
We’re departing the info booth shortly but Junction volunteers are here until 8 pm if you have questions. Tomorrow, the festival runs 10 am to 5 pm, with the Farmers’ Market on California north of Oregon (its special Summer Fest location), 10 am-2 pm. Thanks again to everyone who has come by to say hi!
3:24 PM: Seattle Fire has sent a water-rescue response to the 11400 block of Arroyo Beach Place for a report of a capsized boat.
3:27 PM: SFD says no one was in distress after all, so they’re reducing the response.
12:19 PM: Thanks for the tips – a section of Delridge Way is closed because of a gas-leak response at Delridge/Dakota. Traffic cameras show one end of the closure is at Delridge/Oregon. Updates to come.
12:35 PM: Police have just told dispatch that this is winding down and the road should reopen within half an hour.
12:38 PM: And now SFD has told dispatch “gas line secured.”
12:57 PM: Delridge Way has reopened both ways.
10:57 AM: Lots of people already here in The Junction as the second day of West Seattle Summer Fest begins:
That’s the latest view from the city traffic cam right over Walk All Ways, where we’re in the Info Booth all festival long. Besides info, this is also where you’ll find festival merch, and local organizations:
Left to right above, from SPD, community-service officers Phil and Janice with crime-prevention coordinator Jennifer. Find out what CSOs can help with, and/or talk with Jennifer about Night Out (coming up August 1st). And if you’re accompanied by a young festivalgoer, ask about Emery the Emergency Penguin … In Junction Plaza Park, the West Side Stage has performances today and tomorrow, starting with New Age Flamenco at 11 am, a few minutes away; the Main Stage, on California north of Oregon (by the post office), gets going at noon with a showcase by Mode Music (WSB sponsor). … Assisting with the Kids’ Area today is Hope Lutheran School – go say hi to Melanie and Sally:
Some questions already at the Info Booth about upcoming events:
—Farmers’ Market. Regular hours tomorrow, 10 am-2 pm Sunday, but NOT the regular space – like last year, it’ll be on California north of Oregon (where the main stage and beer garden are until late tonight)
—West Seattle Grand Parade – California will be closed again for part of next Saturday (July 22nd) for the parade and the Float Dodger 5K that precedes it. … Back to what’s happening right now. Yes, dogs are allowed at Summer Fest, and we’re seeing more today than Friday – even dogs in backpacks. There’s a pet zone by Next-to-Nature on the west side of California a short distance north of Alaska. … We’re continuing to feature candidates who stop by the Info Booth – first one today is Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors candidate Maryanne Wood, one of three people vying for the West Seattle/South Park seat that Leslie Harris is leaving:
Your ballot should be arriving shortly if you didn’t get it already; here’s our election preview.
12:36 PM: Main Stage music has begun with the Mode Music student showcase:
That’s the band 4-Inch Devil Horns. We also photographed musicians waiting to go onstage – meet Phoebe and Archie of Velvet Photograph:
Archie comes from a musical family – his dad is Easy Street Records proprietor Matt Vaughan. … Yet another way to experience music at Summer Fest – West Seattle Community Orchestras‘ “instrument petting zoo” and demos inside ArtsWest (on the west side of California a few doors south of SW Alaska) – continuing until about 2 pm. Rob and Dawn were playing outside:
1:44 PM: If you have a question for SPD’s crime-prevention coordinator or community-service officers, they’re handing off the community space in the Info Booth shortly – Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network will be here. Meantime, we’re just back from a walkabout on the block of California south of Alaska. When you’re wandering the festival, be sure to look toward the sidewalk too – most of the year-round Junction merchants are having sales:
There are also local businesses that you might not normally see – such as the Himalayan chai stand that’s usually inside Puerto Vallarta, now out on the sidewalk for the festival:
Almost 2 pm – music continues on both stages, with new performers at the top of every hour.
2:22 PM: Seal Sitters is fully set up – with three hands-on exhibits:
Gray-whale baleen, sea otter pelt, harbor-seal pelt. One more note about the Info Booth – if you lose or find something, you can turn it in here to volunteers with the West Seattle Junction Association (which presents Summer Fest) – earlier today, for example, a festivalgoer and his lost phone were reunited. … Another festival logistics datapoint: Restrooms – two places to find the portables are in the alley off Alaska between California and 42nd, and along the west side of California just north of Edmunds.
2:53 PM: Did you see DancePowered here Summer Fest Eve? They’re scheduled to dance here in Walk All Ways at 3 pm.
3:07 PM: The dancers are finally about to start. Meantime, we’ve had another candidate sighting – Teresa Mosqueda, the at-large City Councilmember who’s running for the King County Council District 8 seat that Joe McDermott is leaving.
With her is daughter Camila. (Again, we take photos of all the candidates who stop by the Info Booth – where we’re on the north side – so if you’re running for something, stop by.)
3:55 PM: Since this is the longest day of Summer Fest, we break the day’s coverage into two – so our second as-it-happened report will start shortly!
Thanks to HPAC co-chair Kay Kirkpatrick for sharing this on behalf of “Highland Park history buffs”:
On Wednesday workers excavating for utilities relocation at the Highland/Holden signal-and-intersection improvement site dug up more than just old asphalt.
They unearthed several old railroad ties from beneath two feet of asphalt and concrete. These are believed to be from the historic Highland Park/ Lake Burien Trolley line that came up the hillside there between 1912 and 1931.
(This find happened one day after the gas-line mishap.)
West Seattle Summer Fest continues in the heart of The Junction!
Again today, we’re in The Junction reporting live from the Info Booth (here’s our Day 1 coverage). Today’s festival basics:
Festival hours today: 10 am-8 pm (music runs later)
Booths/vendors: 10 am-8 pm
Sidewalk Sale: Outside year-round Junction merchants’ shops; hours may vary
Music: Two stages today – 11 am to 7 pm (auxiliary stage in Junction Plaza Park, 42nd/Alaska), noon-10 pm (main stage on California north of Oregon)
Kids Zone: SW Alaska west of California (free activities plus inflatables that are accessible for a fee – $5 to use one, $20 all-day pass)
Food/drink: SW Alaska east of California (plus year-round restaurants/bars, many with sidewalk/street cafés, and also some local booths throughout the festival zone), many open past 8 pm. Beer garden is by the main stage.
Info Booth: In the heart of Walk-All-Ways. Find Summer Fest merch here and at a tent on California north of Oregon.
See you in The Junction! Also happening in West Seattle today/tonight:
SOUTH SEATTLE COLLEGE GARDEN CENTER: 10 am-2 pm, the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) Garden Center will be open, with a sizable selection of student-grown plants. (6000 16th SW, north end of campus)
SOUTH DELRIDGE FARMERS’ MARKET: The farmers’ market on the grounds of Hope Academy (9421 18th SW) is happening every week, 10 am-2 pm Saturday, prioritizing vendors of color and presented by African Community Housing & Development.
SEATTLE VOLLEYBALL ACADEMY TRYOUTS: West Seattle-based program has tryouts today in Burien, 10 am. Details here.
FYI – PICKLEBALL TOURNAMENT: 64 players are signed up for a “hat tournament” at the Walt Hundley Playfield courts, 10 am-4 pm, featuring a BBQ/potluck. (6920 34th SW)
HERON’S NEST MARKET: 10 am-5 pm, visit this greenspace and shop from local artisans. (4818 Puget Way SW)
FREE WRITING GROUP: 10:30 am in West Seattle, registration required – see full details in our calendar listing.
FAMILY READING TIME: Every Saturday at 11 am at Paper Boat Booksellers (6040 California SW).
CHIEF SEALTH REUNIONS: 11 am-3 pm at West Seattle Golf Course (4470 35th SW), the Class of ’71 – info here. Then at 3 pm at Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW), the Sealth all-class reunion – info here.
WHITE CENTER LIBRARY GUILD SIDEWALK SALE: 11 am-3 pm, at White Center Library (1409 SW 107th): Secondhand books and “gently used household treasures.”
SPRAYPARK OPEN: Highland Park Spraypark is open daily, 11 am-8 pm. (1100 SW Cloverdale-
COLMAN POOL CLOSED TO PUBLIC: The swim-meet closure continues for the city-run outdoor pool at Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW), 12-7 pm (reopening tomorrow).
2 WADING POOLS OPEN: Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW), 12-7 pm, in the upper park near the north play area; Hiawatha (2700 California SW), 12-5:30 pm, in the park northeast of the community center.
LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: Visit the Log House Museum (61st/Stevens) 12-4 pm.
LIVE AT C & P COFFEE: Roo Forrest and Friends perform 7-9 pm at C & P Coffee (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor). No cover, all ages.
LIVE AT THE SKYLARK: 7 pm doors, 8 pm music, Bird Bones‘ EP release party, $10. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
If you are planning a show, sale, event, meeting, seminar, reading, field trip, fundraiser, class, game, or ? … get it on our calendar! Please email info to firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!