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COUNTDOWN: 4 days until Alki Beach Pride 2023

That’s the Frederick Films video, including aerial views, from August 5th, when Alki Beach Pride organizers and volunteers unrolled the giant Seattle PrideFest rainbow flag across the beach. That was intended to help set the stage for this Sunday (August 20th), the ninth annual Alki Beach Pride celebration, this year featuring a street party. Now the big day is just four days away, noon-7 pm, plus an outdoor movie at dusk. Entertainment previews have been rolling out here; 10 venues are offering discounts during the festival if you have a wristband, which costs $5 (get yours here). Alki Avenue SW will be closed between Marine and 60th for festival activities.

P.S. While not an official part of the festival, Harry’s Beach House has announced two seatings for a drag brunch that day.

FOLLOWUP: West Seattle will meet its troll soon

That photo from Portland was shared by a WSB reader who was there last weekend as the first installation in the series Northwest Trolls: Way of the Bird King was unveiled. (The troll’s name is Olebolle.) As previewed here back in June, one of the other five trolls by Danish artist Thomas Dambo is being installed at West Seattle’s Lincoln Park. And work is under way, according to the readers who have deluged the WSB inbox with sightings. One of the volunteers working on the site sent this photo.

As explained in the original announcement, the trolls – like dozens Danbo has installed around the world – are being built with used/recycled materials – mostly wooden pallets. The West Seattle site is adorned with signs explaining what’s going on:

Despite this happening in a very public place, where hundreds if not thousands have seen it already, the privately funded project coordinated by the Scan Design Foundation is trying to keep a bit of mystery, so we’re not going to be the ones to spoil it for you – as the sign says, the “grand reveal” is just nine days away. As the construction continues, the volunteer who emailed us advises, “Follow the sound of power tools and hammers.” The other four, after ours and Portland’s, are planned for Ballard, Issaquah, and Vashon and Bainbridge Islands; the schedules are on the artist’s Instagram feed, including a peek at the one that’s almost complete on Bainbridge.

FRIDAY: Outdoor movie, food drive @ Camp Long

August 16, 2023 5:39 pm
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 |   How to help | West Seattle news | West Seattle Outdoor Movies

That’s the trailer for “The Super Mario Bros. Movie,” which you can watch for free this Friday night (August 18th) in the meadow at Camp Long (5200 35th SW). It’s the WS Junction Association‘s one and only West Seattle Outdoor Movie presentation this summer, and the movie will start at sundown (sunset is at about 8:20 pm right now). Bring your own chairs/blankets and nonperishable food for the West Seattle Food Bank! (Friday’s forecast says the high will be back to a seasonally typical 70-something.)

WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: One extra day of alert-level heat

August 16, 2023 5:02 pm
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 |   West Seattle news

Good news is (unless you like high temperatures), the Excessive Heat Warning alert is still set to expire tonight at 11 pm. Not-so-good news, it will be immediately replaced by a Heat Advisory alert that’ll be in effect another 24 hours, until 11 pm Thursday. The National Weather Service says tomorrow could still get into the 90s before a return to more-seasonal temperatures in time for the weekend.

UPDATE: Fire closes ramp to Highway 509

(Reader photos sent by Julie)

3:28 PM: Texters say at least one of the ramps to 509 at the end of the Roxbury corridor is closed because of that fire. SFD calls it a “brush fire” so far and says it’s affecting the ramp to northbound 509 at Cloverdale.

4:10 PM: SFD says the fire’s out and the last two engines on scene will be wrapping up their work.

9 PM: We asked SFD about what firefighters found. Spokesperson David Cuerpo replied, “I spoke to the crews and they confirmed fires occurred within encampments in two separate areas on opposite sides of SR509. The fires are extinguished, and no occupants were found. One firefighter sustained minor injuries and was relieved for the day.”

FESTIVALS: West Seattle Junction’s fall celebration splitting into two dates this year

(WSB photo from 2022 Harvest Fest cornhole tournament)

Starting this year, the West Seattle Junction Association is separating its trick-or-treating event from the rest of the fall fun with which it used to be combined as the Harvest Festival. WSJA has announced 11 am-2 pm Sunday, September 24th, as the date for the West Seattle Junction Fall Festival, including favorite activities such as the chili cookoff, cornhole tournament, pie-eating contest, and live music, with less chance of a rainout, less need for major bundling-up. The festival stage will be at Walk-All-Ways, and activities will stretch into the block between Alaska and Edmunds. Then, Junction trick-or-treating will happen on the Sunday closest to Halloween, during the Farmers’ Market on October 29th, 10 am-2 pm, with merchants and partners handing out candy. Watch for more details on both events soon, but in the meantime, set your calendar!

ELECTION 2023: Final primary numbers

King County Elections has certified the final numbers from the August 1st primary vote. Now it’s on to the November 7th general election for the top two finishers in these races that were on your ballot:

SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 1 (West Seattle, South Park, SODO, Georgetown, Pioneer Square), 36.8% turnout

Maren Costa 8,787 33.13 %
Rob Saka 6,397 24.12 %
Phil Tavel 5,324 20.07 %
Preston Anderson 2,222 8.38 %
Stephen Brown 1,659 6.26 %
Jean Iannelli Craciun 838 3.16 %
Lucy Barefoot 767 2.89 %
Mia Jacobson 472 1.78 %
Write-in 55 0.21 %

KING COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 8 (including West Seattle, White Center, Vashon/Maury Islands, Burien), 33.7% turnout

Teresa Mosqueda 28,966 57.57 %
Sofia Aragon 18,900 37.56 %
GoodSpaceGuy 2,216 4.40 %
Write-in 234 0.47 %

SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS BOARD OF DIRECTORS DISTRICT 6 (West Seattle/most of South Park), 36.3% turnout

Gina Topp 19,845 79.70 %
Maryanne Wood 3,546 14.24 %
Rosie McCarter 1,386 5.57 %
Write-in 123 0.49 %

SEATTLE PORT COMMISSION POSITION 5 (countywide vote), 30.2% turnout

Fred Felleman* 215,148 56.52 %
Jesse Tam 97,548 25.63 %
Todd Curtis 65,935 17.32 %
Write-in 2,006 0.53 %

KC Elections will release the final precinct-by-precinct breakouts here later today.

YOU CAN HELP: West Seattle’s emergency shelter, open for high temps, is low on supplies

West Seattle’s emergency shelter – which runs on donations and volunteer help – is open for the hot weather, its manager Keith Hughes tells WSB, until 8 pm today and again 11 am-8 pm tomorrow “with food, water, and AC. However, we are very low in supplies, so I have attached my Supplies Wish List. Also, keeping the hall open and running the AC for days is a strain on our finances, which are all voluntary donations from the community. Pepple can donate items from the Wish List, or go to our website, and make a cash donation [update: direct link here] to help with the electric and water bill.” Here’s the wish list:

Food Pantry

Ground Coffee (Folgers 3# cans)
powdered coffee creamer (like Coffeemate)
Instant Hot Cocoa Mix (for hot water)
Bottled water
Soft drinks in cans (store brands and things on sale)

Instant Oatmeal packets
Granola-type low-sugar cereal
Pancake mix, Bisquick mix
Pancake syrup, butter, jam
Canned soup, chili, beef stew
Packaged food like top ramen, Cup-o-Noodles

Rice-a-roni, noodle-roni boxes
Dry pasta (spaghetti, egg noodles, macaroni )
Spaghetti sauce in jars

Food store gift cards so we can get fresh things like milk, eggs, butter, meat

Other Needs

Travel-size individual soaps, shampoo; tooth brushes & toothpaste (ask your dentist for donations) bar soap for shower, laundry detergent pods
Toilet paper and paper towels, disinfectant wipes
Single-bed-size blanket

The shelter is co-housed with the West Seattle Veteran Center/American Legion Post 160 at 3618 SW Alaska.

Here’s what’s up for your West Seattle Wednesday

August 16, 2023 9:45 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(Seen in Seaview and photographed by Al)

Here’s our list of highlights for the rest of today/tonight, mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

WSHS FALL SPORTS: Today is the first day of practice and/or tryouts for most West Seattle High School fall sports; our calendar listing has details.

TODDLER READING TIME: 10:30 am at Paper Boat Booksellers (6040 California SW).

HIGHLAND PARK SPRAYPARK: Open 11 am-8 pm. (1100 SW Cloverdale)

SUMMER MEALS FOR KIDS: Here’s the list of local sites where free food is available for kids on weekdays this summer, 11:30 am-1 pm lunch, 2-3 pm snacks.

DELRIDGE WADING POOL: Noon-5:30 pm – last week for this wading pool, set to close for the year after Friday. (4501 Delridge Way SW)

LINCOLN PARK WADING POOL: Noon-7 pm – see weather note above. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)

COLMAN POOL: Also at Lincoln Park, this outdoor salt-water pool is open noon-7 pm daily through Labor Day. See the session schedule here.

REGISTRATION FOR ESL CLASSES: 1-3:30 pm, Neighborhood House High Point is offering signups for ESL classes coming up at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) – details in our calendar listing.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS PROGRAM: Kickoff event 5-7 pm at Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) for a new program coming to West Seattle – our preview has info including exact location.

FIX-IT WORKSHOP: Don’t replace it – repair it! Weekly event, 5:30-7:30 pm at West Seattle Tool Library (4408 Delridge Way SW, northeast side of Youngstown Cultural Arts Center).

TRIVIA x 6: Here’s where to play tonight. At 6 pm, Locust Cider (2820 Alki SW) now offers trivia … at 7 pm, West Seattle Brewing (4415 Fauntleroy Way SW) has trivia hosted by Will D. … there’s 7:30 and 8:30 pm Sporcle Pub Quiz at The Lodge (4209 SW Alaska); trivia starts at 8 pm at Beveridge Place Pub (6413 California SW); Larry’s Tavern (3405 California SW) hosts Wednesday-night trivia starting at 8 pm … at 8:30 pm, trivia with Phil T at Talarico’s (4718 California SW).

LIVE MUSIC AT THE LOCOL: 6:30 pm. 21+. Rotating performer slate. (7902 35th SW)

LIVE PIANO MUSIC: 7 pm at Otter on the Rocks. (4210 SW Admiral Way).

MUSIC BINGO: Play weekly at The Good Society (California/Lander), 7 pm.

SKYLARK OPEN MIC: 7:30 pm signups @ West Seattle’s longest-running open mic – no cover to watch. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

Planning a presentation, meeting, performance, reading, tour, fundraiser, sale, discussion, or …? If it’s open to the community, please send us info for West Seattle’s only comprehensive event calendar! – thank you!

Remembering Jack Blondin, 1939-2023

August 16, 2023 9:00 am
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 |   Obituaries | West Seattle news

Family and friends are remembering Jack Blondin, and sharing this with the community:

Jack Blondin
September 20, 1939 – August 2, 2023

Jack passed away peacefully at home with family after an 11-year battle with multiple myeloma. He was born in 1939 in Tacoma to John and Mildred Blondin along with his sister Anne and brother Kring (both deceased). His family followed his father’s job as a Civil Engineer to Hawaii, San Francisco, Elmer City, Mill Valley, Bremerton, and Kelowna, BC, where he graduated high school. He graduated in Economics from the UW, Seattle, where he met Linda Berry, and they married in 1964.

His passion was being on the water, boating throughout the San Juans and the Canadian Gulf Islands. He started as a Sea Scout, founded Far East Yachts, owned a marine electronics company, and joined Seattle Yacht Club, where he made many life-long friends and held the offices of Staff Captain, Quartermaster, Treasurer, Trustee, and was awarded the prestigious Carl Zecher award for outstanding service.

A financial advisor with Merrill Lynch in Seattle for 34 years, he brought a conservative approach and personal concern for the success of his clients. He volunteered with Junior Achievement to prepare young people to succeed in life.

Jack and Linda traveled extensively in Europe and Asia, which opened his eyes to the fact people have the same wish for peace and a good life for their families the world over. Retirement brought long summers on the boat, an annual return to Hawaii, and lots of playing dress-up with granddaughter Dori and living-room fishing expeditions with grandson Logan. Family was the most important thing to Jack.

He is survived by Linda, his wife of 59 years; daughters Christina Hasselbalch and Heidi Blondin and grandchildren Doriana Hasselbalch and Logan Blondin; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held in September. Share memories at

(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries and memorial announcements by request, free of charge. Please email the text, and a photo if available, to


7:35 AM: A tree is reported to be blocking California Way between Hamilton Viewpoint and Harbor Ave.


6:03 AM: Good morning! It’s Wednesday, August 16th.


The National Weather Service‘s heat alert continues until late tonight. Today’s forecast: Sunny, high in the upper 80s. Today’s sunrise will be at 6:06 am; sunset will be at 8:20 pm.

(Tuesday sunset, photographed by Carol Ann Joyce)


As previously noted, today is the first scheduled day of 2023-2024 classes at Summit Atlas, the charter middle/high school at 35th/Roxbury in Arbor Heights.


Metro – regular schedule – check here for advisories.

Water Taxi – regular schedule.

Washington State Ferries – 2-boat service. Check Vessel Watch to see where the boats are.


Delridge cameras: Besides the one below (Delridge/Henderson), cameras are also up at Delridge/Genesee, Delridge/Juneau, Delridge/Orchard, and Delridge/Oregon.

High Bridge – the main camera:

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

Low-bridge cam:

1st Ave. S. Bridge – alternate route across the river:

Highway 99: – northbound side at Lander.

MORE TRAFFIC CAMS: See all working traffic cams citywide here, most with video options; West Seattle and vicinity-relevant cameras are on this WSB page.

BRIDGE INFO: The @SDOTBridges Twitter feed shows whether the city’s movable bridges are opening for vessel traffic.

If you see trouble on the bridges/streets/paths/bay, please text or call us (when you can do it safely, and after you’ve reported to authorities). Thank you!